Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry

Congratulations Jonathan Pavey, winner of the 2018 Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry for his entry, “Unbecoming”!

Camille Intson received an Honourable Mention for her poem "Questions I Have for the Allegorical Plaster Models in Regeneration Hall in the National War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario”. Thank you to our volunteer judges Emily Izsak, Kevin Shaw, and Blair Trewartha.

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.

Contest Rules

  1. Poems must be submitted/postmarked no later than Friday, March 30, 2018.
  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, 2G02 Arts & Humanities Building, 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 Entries must be original, titled, previously unpublished, and not currently under evaluation for publication.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

2018 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.

Emily Izsak

Emily 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 Shaw

Kevin 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 Trewartha

Blair 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