Thursday, April 7, 2016

The James McIntyre free poetry contest

The James McIntyre poetry contest
This free contest is open to all ages from Junior Kindergarten to Adult. Maximum of three entries per person

Suggested Styles: Rhyming Verse, Free Verse, Limerick, Haiku, Acrostic, Diamnte, Epic, Refrain, and Other

Awards given (at judges' discretion) in all styles for different grade levels and for adults. In addition, the contest bestows five special awards this year:

- Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary – any poem about his life or works
- Leap Year – any poem about leap year of leap day
- Cheese Poet Laureate’s Award for the best dairy ode
- J.C. Herbert Award for the best long poem about   Ingersoll, past or present
- Bonnie Mott Award for best poems about famous local people

Deadline: All entries must be received by Wednesday, April 29, 2016, at 4 p.m.
Email your entry as an attachment to:

Winning poems will be published in the Ingersoll Times newspaper.
Winning poets will be honoured at the James McIntyre Poetry Award Ceremony

Brian Henry will be the judge for the Kindergarten and for the Grades 1 through 12 divisions. Brian is a book editor, writer, creative writing instructor and the publisher of Quick Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers.

Stephanie Gunter will be the judge for the adult division. 

For more information, phone 519-485-0120. Entry form here. Full guidelines here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops, writing retreats, and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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