The League of Canadian Poets introduced the Broadsheet Contest in 2017 and its popularity has cemented it as an annual League offering!
What is a broadsheet? By definition, a broadsheet is a large piece of paper printed with information on one side only. In the world of poetry, a broadsheet is a great format in which to share or showcase one stand-out poem – winning this contest will surely do both!
Congratulations to the winner of the League’s 3rd annual National Broadsheet Contest, Eleonore Schönmaier! Eleonore’s winning poem, “it didn’t happen here” was selected by our judge D.A. Lockhart for its “strong images, and captivating lyric voice.”
Eleonore Schönmaier‘s most recent poetry book is Dust Blown Side of the Journey from McGill-Queen’s University Press. Her other collections are the critically acclaimed Wavelengths of Your Song (2013) and Treading Fast Rivers (1999). Her poetry has won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, the Earle Birney Prize, and is widely anthologized including publication in Best Canadian Poetry.
This year, our judge D.A. Lockhart felt there were so many notable submissions that he also selected a Runner-Up and three Honourable Mentions! We’re thrilled to share these outstanding poems:
Runner-Up: The Country East of Rossville, Indiana by Phillip Crymble
Alone and together by Lenea Grace
You Shall Have Homes, 1928 by Kim Fahner
Last Words by Katherine Pilon
Read the winning and runner-up poems here, plus see our judge’s comments!
D.A. Lockhart is the author of the Gravel Lot that was Montana (Mansfield Press 2018), This City at the Crossroads (Black Moss Press 2017), and Big Medicine Comes to Erie (Black Moss Press 2016). His work has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and generous support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the publisher at Urban Farmhouse Press. Lockhart is a Turtle Clan member of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation and currently resides at Waawiiyaatanong on the south shore of the Detroit River.
Briar Craig is a printmaking professor at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. He has an MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta. His recent work focuses on the interplay between imagery and text. Taking Roland Barthes’ Death of the Author as a starting point he plays with the idea that we are all the authors of the works we see by juxtaposing a number of disparate elements in order to create narrative, interpretive opportunities for the viewer.