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.


Noelle Schmidt

The judges selected “a demand that knows nothing” for its impressive structural rigor and emotional depth. The treatment of suicidal ideation is sensitive and nuanced, deftly avoiding familiar language or melodrama. This poem’s very form enacts the transformative thoughts of the speaker: vivid, painterly imagery immerses readers in the speaker’s harrowing memory just as accelerating patterns of repetition move readers towards the glimmer of light sparked by the artistic act itself. This poem’s gorgeous marriage of image, musicality, and structure achieves a deeply resonant final effect.

Honorable Mention was also awarded to Camille Intson.

Contest Rules

  1. Poems must be submitted/postmarked no later than Monday, April 1, 2019.
  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 website and social media channels.

Submission and judging criteria:

  1. Entries to be submitted in hard copy to: Poynt Competition, Department of English and Writing Studies, University College, Room 2401, Western University.
  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 Entries must be original, titled, previously unpublished, and not currently under evaluation for publication.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

2019 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.

David Barrick

David teaches creative writing at Western University; his poetry appears (and/or is forthcoming) in The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, The Malahat Review, EVENT, The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, The Prairie Journal, and other magazines. He is Co-Director of the Poetry London Reading Series, and he has been a Senior Editor of the Words Literary Festival Zine in London since 2015. His first chapbook will be published by Anstruther Press in spring 2019.

Sile Englert

Síle is a poet, fiction writer and multidisciplinary artist from London, Ontario. Her stories have been included in the shortlist for Room Magazine’s fiction contest and longlisted in Prism International. Her poetry placed second in Contemporary Verse 2’s 2-Day Poem Contest and has been featured in journals such as: Room Magazine, The /tƐmz/ Review, The Saving Bannister Anthology, Misunderstandings Magazine and Crannóg Magazine (Ireland). Síle’s writing is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Canthius and Contemporary Verse 2. Her first chapbook will be published by Baseline Press in Autumn, 2019.

Brittany Renaud

Born in Chatham Ontario, Brittany currently lives in London where she earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature; and a Minor in Comparative Literature and Culture in 2016. This aspiring poet has been published in Harmonia Press, The Temz Review, twice in Synaersis, and twice in Ocassus. Brittany has also been awarded 3rd place and an Honourable mention for experimental writing in Ocassus, and “Judge’s Choice” for the Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry in 2016. More recently, Brittany was a member of the London Poetry Slam’s 2018 national team for the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.


Year First prize Title Honourable Mention Adjudicators
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