Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry
Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all those who entered!
In the spirit of stimulating the imagination, promoting creativity, and fostering appreciation of English language skills and the art of poetry, the Department of English and Writing Studies is pleased to offer the annual Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry made in accordance with the wishes and through the generosity of the late Alfred R. Poynt of London, Ontario.
The winning entry will receive a prize of $350.
- Poems must be submitted/postmarked no later than Friday, March 30, 2018.
- Participants must be full-time students registered in any undergraduate (baccalaureate) program at Western University, including Affiliates.
- Previous first-prize winners are not eligible.
- The winner will be notified by email no later than May.
- The results will be posted on the Department of English website and social media channels.
Submission and judging criteria:
- Entries to be submitted in hard copy to: Poynt Competition, Department of English and Writing Studies, 2G02 Arts & Humanities Building, Western University.
- Poems must be in English and may use any style of poetry.
- Poems will be judged for their originality and for their use of form and technique, traditional or contemporary, in a skillful and creative way to create or intensify themes or effects.
- Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem or several shorter poems.
- Entries must be original, titled, previously unpublished, and not currently under evaluation for publication.
- Poems must be typed on 8.5 x 11 paper in 12-point type.
- Entries cannot be returned. Entrants retain their copyright.
- Submissions will be numbered and coded before the judging by a contest organizer who is not a judge.
- Submission must include a cover page marked Poynt Competition with the following information:
- your name
- student number
- permanent mailing address
- telephone number
- email address
- title of poem(s)
- do not include your name on the poem page
- no staples
- contest name: Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry
Inquiries to: Shelli Hunter | firstname.lastname@example.org
Adjudication will be done by a volunteer panel of published writers from London and/or the University community selected by the competition organizer. The decision of the judges will be final.
Emily IzsakEmily Izsak is the author of Whistle Stops: A Locomotive Serial Poem (Signature Editions, 2017) and Stickup (shuffaloff/Eternal Network, 2015). Her work has been published in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Puritan, House Organ, Cough, CV2, The Doris, and The Hart House Review. In 2014 she was selected as PEN Canada’s New Voices Award nominee.
Kevin ShawKevin Shaw lives in London, ON where he recently completed a PhD in Canadian Literature at Western University. His poems and personal essays have appeared in periodicals such as The Malahat Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Grain, The Fiddlehead, Event, and The New Quarterly, and are forthcoming in the anthology Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness (Oxford University Press, 2018). He received Arc Poetry Magazine’s Poem of the Year award and the Grand Prize in the PRISM International Poetry Contest. His debut poetry collection, Smaller Hours, was published in Fall 2017 by icehouse poetry, an imprint of Goose Lane Editions.
Blair TrewarthaBlair Trewartha’s first collection of poetry, Easy Fix was published by Palimpsest Press in 2014 and shortlisted for the Relit Award. He is the author of two chapbooks: Break In (Cactus Press, 2010) and Porcupine Burning (Baseline Press, 2012). He is also a poetry editor for the collective Anstruther Press. His most recent publication, “Breach,” received honourable mention in Arc’s 2016 Poem of the Year contest.
|Year||First prize||Honourable Mention||Adjudicators|
|2017||Marta Croll-Baehre||Hilary Doyle||Matthew Godden, Angie Quick, Andy Verboom|
|2016||Emma Croll-Baehre||Marta Croll-Baehre|
|2015||Sakariya Ahmed||Robyn Obermeyer|
|2014||Katherine O’Reilly||Robyn Obermeyer|
|2013||Kerrie McNair||Alex Carey|
|2012||Laura Johnson||Erin Lamotte|
|2011||Mark MacKichan||John Vincent|
|2010||Millie Ho||John Vincent|
|2009||Saiyid Hasan||Malory Smith|
|2008||Amy Sanders||Brooke Nolan|
|2007||Kevin Shaw||Laura Krahn|
|2006||David Barrick||Sara Clarke, Kevin Shaw|
|2005||Asher Ghaffar||Jessica Balmer|