Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry

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.

Warmest congratulations to Julia Rooth who has been awarded the 2020 Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry for her submission “Dysmorphic”. An Honorable Mention was also awarded to Elizabeth Sak for "A Party on Bloor Street". We wish them both the best with their writing in the future!

Thank you to Jenny Berkel, Sydney Brooman, and Tom Cull who acted as the panel of judges this year.

Contest Rules

  1. Poems must be submitted/postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
  2. Participants must be full-time students registered in any undergraduate (baccalaureate) program at Western University, including Affiliates.
  3. Previous first-prize winners are not eligible.
  4. The winner will be notified by email no later than May.
  5. The results will be posted on the Department of English and Writing Studies website and social media channels.

 Submission and judging criteria

  1. Entries to be submitted in hard copy or PDF format to: Poynt Competition, Department of English and Writing Studies, University College, Room 2401, Western University or by email in PDF format to:
  2. Poems must be in English and may use any style of poetry.
  3. 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.
  4. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem or several shorter poems.
  5. Entries must be original, titled, previously unpublished, and not currently under evaluation for publication.
  6. Poems must be typed on 8.5 x 11 paper in 12-point type.
  7. Entries cannot be returned. Entrants retain their copyright.
  8. Submissions will be numbered and coded before the judging by a contest organizer who is not a judge.
  9. 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 |

Printable version Alfred Poynt Prize in Poetry 2018

2020 Judges
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.

Jenny Berkel

Jenny Berkel is a singer-songwriter and poet from rural Ontario, Canada. In between playing concerts across the globe, she writes and teaches English. She is currently working on a new album. Her writing has been featured in The Literary Review of Canada, The Puritan’s Town Crier, and longcon magazine, amongst others.

Sydney Brooman

Sydney Brooman is a fiction writer and poet living in London, ON, Canada. Their most recent publication credits include American Chordata (forthcoming), Coffin Bell, The Gateway Review, and The Temz Review. Their short story “The Bottom” was shortlisted for The Malahat Review 2020 Open Season Awards. Sydney is a former Student-Writer-In-Residence at Western University (Honors BA 2018), a current Emerging-Artist-In-Residence at the TAP Centre for Creativity, and a current Human Interest Assignment Editor at Diply. They also wrote that thing you really like. No, not that one—the other one.

Tom Cull

Tom Cull served as the Poet Laureate for the City of London, Ontario from 2016 to 2018. He teaches creative writing at Western University and runs Antler River Rally, a grassroots environmental group that organizes monthly cleanups of Deshkan Ziibi/Thames River. Tom’s first full-length collection of poems, Bad Animals, was published by Insomniac Press in 2018.


Year First prize Title Honourable Mention Adjudicators
2019 Noelle Schmidt “a demand that knows nothing” Camille Intson David Barrick, Sile Englert, Brittany Renaud
2018 Jonathan Pavey "Unbecoming" Camille Intson Emily Izsak, Kevin Shaw, and Blair Trewartha
2017 Marta Croll-Baehre "The Basin Woman" Hilary Doyle Matthew Godden, Angie Quick, Andy Verboom
2016 Emma Croll-Baehre "Whereabouts i, ii, iii" Marta Croll-Baehre Jason Dickson, Mike O'Connor, Peggy Roffey
2015 Sakariya Ahmed "Foreigner" Robyn Obermeyer Laurie D. Graham, Ola Nowosad, Ron Stewart
2014 Katherine O’Reilly "On the Night Before Your Father's Funeral" Robyn Obermeyer Adrienne Barrett, Frank Beltrano, Karen Schindler
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