Past Winners: 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 2020 Winner

Diana Manole — “Lovers”

The 2019 Winner:

kjmunro! We received over 600 tiny poems and from those, our wonderful judge selected a haiku by kjmunro as the stand-out winner! “I read a lot of poems. Some were funny, others tried to do too much, or did too little. This one is indelible and quietly spectacular.” – Souvankham Thammavongsa


low winter sun 

the mist 

from a mandarin




Originally from Vancouver, Canada, kjmunro moved to the Yukon Territory in 1991. She founded & facilitates ‘solstice haiku’, a monthly haiku discussion group in Whitehorse. She has two leaflets with Leaf Press, & co-edited the anthology of crime-themed haiku Body of Evidence: a collection of killer ’ku. Her first poetry collection is forthcoming with Red Moon Press in 2019.

Without further ado, we are thrilled also to announce three honourable mentions:  Valerie Dawn, sophie anne edwards, and Lisa Hazelwood-Goudie. To read their poems and see the full winner announcement, click here.


About the judge:

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of three poetry books, Light (2013), winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found (2007); and Small Arguments (2003), winner of the ReLit Award. Her newest collection of poems is Cluster (M&S, April 2019).