Very Small Verse Contest

Very Small Verse Contest: small poems, big ideas. As the saying goes, poetry is everywhere and what easier way to fill our everyday moments with poetry than with micropoems? Micropoems are poems that are spare in size but not in impact, whose ambitions and effects are bigger than the form.

The Very Small Verse Contest invites and challenges poets to submit 4 micropoems – at least six (6) words in length but no more than two hundred (200) characters.

The winner will receive $300, publication in the 2022 Poem In Your Pocket Day Booklet, as well as have their poem professionally designed and printed on a T-Shirt or tote bag. 

This year’s judge for the 2022 Very Small Verse contest is Anna Yin!

Anna Yin was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and has authored five collections of poetry and “Mirrors and Windows” (Guernica Editions) in 2021. Her poems/translations have appeared at Queen’s Quarterly, ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal, etc. Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTYs, two scholarships from USA and three grants from OAC. She works in the IT field and teaches Poetry Alive. Visit her website at


Congrats to the 2022 Winner of the Very Small Verse Contest

Clepsydra by Jaclyn Piudik

Poem name: Clepsydra Poet name: Jaclyn Piudik Poem begins: Come, let’s wash the rain before it dies of thirst.

Listen to “Clepsydra” by Jaclyn Piudik

Jaclyn Piudik is the author of To Suture What Frays (Kelsay Books 2017) and three chapbooks, the corpus undone in the blizzard (Espresso Chapbooks 2019), Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautiful Outlaw 2013) and The Tao of Loathliness (fooliar press 2005/8).  Another chapbook, Seduction: Out of Eden, written collaboratively with Janet R. Kirchheimer is forthcoming from Kelsay Books in 2022. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including New American Writing, Columbia Poetry Review, Barrow Street and CV2.  She received a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Alice M. Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets. Jaclyn holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto.

This contest will reopen in Fall 2022.

Submissions guidelines

  • Poems must be previously unpublished and at least 6 words in length to a maximum of 200 characters
  • You may submit up to four (4) poems per submission/submission fee. Please include all poems in a single document (Word or PDF).
  • Fees are $10 for League members and $15 for non-members.
  • You may submit multiple times, but please note the submission fee applies to each submission
  • Eligible to Canadian poets and poets living and working in Canada

The 2022 Winner of the Very Small Verse Contest is Clepsydra by Jaclyn Piudik

Check out past winners here!