Winston Collins / Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem
Descant is pleased to announce the 2012 Winston Collins/ Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem valued at $1000!
This annual prize is in memory of Winston Collins, writer and enthusiastic teacher of literature at the universities of Cincinnati, Princeton and Toronto. The prize will perpetuate his remarkable talent for encouraging self-expression through writing.
- One (1) Winner will receive CAN $1000, plus payment for publication* in Descant;
- Maximum entry length is 100 lines, typed, double-spaced;
- The writer should not be identified on the entry: include a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, address, phone number / email, and the title of the poem enclosed;
- Previously published material, or material accepted elsewhere for publication, cannot be considered;
- Include a S.A.S.E. (with appropriate Canadian postage/ IRCs/ US $1);
- Descant employees are not eligible to enter
- $30 entry fee (includes GST and a one-year subscription; make cheque or international money order payable to: Descant);
- Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own entry fee;
- Note that anyone already subscribing to our magazine will receive a one-year extension to their current subscription
Send entries to:
The Winston Collins/ Descant Prize Competition
50 Baldwin Street
Deadline for entries: October 12 2013
Prize Announcement: Spring 2014
The winner of the 2013 prize is John B. Lee for his poem
"Bringing the Farmhouse Down"
The judges for this year's competition are Mark Kingwell and Leanne Shapton.
Mark Kingwell is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Descant and Harper’s Magazine. His latest book, Unruly Voices (Biblioasis, 2012) is a collection of essays about politics and human imagination.
Leanne Shapton is an artist illustrator, and writer who was born in Toronto and lives in New York. A previous contributor to The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, Jane, Seventeen, Saturday Night, and Maclean's, she has published several books and is also one of the founders of J&L Books.
Michelle Glennie: “When I Lose My Job”
Richard Scarsbrook: “Fortune”
Laura Lamont: “Night Vision”
Elizabeth Greene: ”Summer’s Children and Their Mother”
Jeff Bien: ‘Tilandsias” and “From the book of imaginary letters”
Myna Wallin: “Happy Centenary Mr. Lazarovitch”
Terry Ann Carter: “Letters of War
Hector Williamson: “Aesthetics Come Slowly”
John Lee: “Bringing the Farmhouse Down”
Margot Maddison-MacFadyen: “The Emergent Seed”
Caroline Morgan Di Giovanni: “The Way the Mind Wakes from a Dream”
Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews: “The Red Accordian”
Pamela Porter: “Call her name”
Joan Crate: “Leda”
Joanna Lilley: “The Clockmaker
Winston Collins Prize 2012 Winner
The most recent winner is Heidi Garnett, for her poem entitled "Blood Orange"
We chose "Blood Orange" in part because it is filled with arresting lines of outrageous originality and curious beauty. It is a poem that from the get go is bursting with life and laughter. Two women at a beach during a nameless war, exhibit a recklessness, happiness and freedom, which perhaps only the very young and very foolish can feel regardless of circumstances. "Blood Orange" conveys the inescapable duality of happiness and loss that makes up each human life. And, most remarkably, it describes how joy echoes around even the most tragic of events.
Our 2011 Winston Collins/ Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem recipient is Barbara Schott of Winnipeg, MB for her poem Thin Ice. Honourary Mentions were awarded to Carla Hartenberger of Toronto for Naked in the Sun, and Pamela Porter for The Place of Feathers. Congratulations to our recipients.
Our 2011 finalists were announced on Feb 8 at a gala event at Supermarket, Kensington Market, Toronto. The turnout was fantastic. Thank you to everyone.
Each of the three finalists will have their winning poems highlighted in the Summer 2011 issue of Descant, our 40th anniversary issue, and Barbara will read at our celebratory event June 29th at Harbourfront, Toronto. See information about the event here.
Last year's Winston Collins/ Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem went to St. John, NL's Leslie Vryenhoek for her work "Letitia's Cold Footsteps", with Honourary Mentions going to Nepean, ON's Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst for "Eating Quince with Musicians" and Toronto's Myna Wallin for "Death, Wildlife and Taxes".
The 2010 finalists were announced on Feb 19 at a gala event sponsored by PAGEWAVE GRAPHICS, Toronto; thank-you to everyone who came out to help make this an extremely successful event!
The three finalists had their winning poems highlighted in a special section in the Summer 2010 issue of Descant.
2009's Winston Collins/ Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem went to Hamilton's Marilyn Gear Pilling for her work "Billy Collins Interviewed On Stage at Chautauqua", with Honourary Mentions going to Fredericton's M. Travis Lanefor "In a Glass Darkly" and Guelph's Shane Neilson for "Naming Uncle Bridges' Farm".
The three finalists had their winning poems highlighted in a special section in the Fall 2009 issue of Descant.
2008's Winston Collins/ Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem went to Elgin, NB's Elizabeth Venart for her work "On the Day I Cut Cabbage", with Honourary Mentions going to Montreal's Cora Siré for "Before Leaving Hué" and Montreal's Celia Ste Croix for "The Poem on Your Body".
The three finalists had their winning poems highlighted in a special section in the Summer 2008 issue of Descant.
The inaugural Winston Collins/ Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem went to Brantford's John B. Lee for his work "The Green Muse", with Honourary Mentions going to Victoria, BC's Yvonne Blomer for "The Roll Call to the Ark" and Toronto's Jim Nason for "Chardin’s Rabbit".
The three finalists had their winning poems highlighted in a special section in the Summer 2007 issue of Descant.
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