City Poems Contest (Stage Two)

The City Poems Poetry Video Contest for local public post-secondary film students will formally commence in January 2023. (Stage One of the City Poems Contest wrapped up in June 2022.)

Students enrolled in pre-selected local public post-secondary film/digital arts/media/animation or related courses will be approached to work on short poetry videos based on a curated list of the emerging and established category finalists’ poems (from Stage One, with possible additions to ensure representation) as part of their course work. Youth finalists and finalists from the other categories will also have the opportunity to learn to make their own poetry videos based on their winning poems. The intended timeline is as follows:

  • January 2023 – Submissions open (details to be posted)
  • April 2023 – Submission period closes
  • May 2023 – Judging of Submissions
  • June 2023 – Screening and Awards Ceremony

Further details about the rules will be posted closer to the date. Poet and former curator of Vancouver’s Visible Verse Festival, Heather Haley will be one of the judges. There will be cash prizes for the winners, and the poetry videos will be available to be seen afterward on the VPL’s YouTube Playlist.

Want to learn more about poetry videos? How to make them, where to find them, and what do they look like? Check out this resource page here.

Shortlist & Winners from Stage One

Click here to see the names of the shortlisted authors and the winners from Stage One along with their poems. If you would like to watch and listen to recorded readings of these poems, visit the VPL Vancouver Poet Laureate City Poems Contest YouTube playlist, where you will see a list of video-recordings or audio-recordings by many of the poets.

Of the over 250 wonderful poems submitted for the contest by youth, emerging poets and established poets about historical, cultural or ecological sites within the City of Vancouver, only 27 were chosen as finalists.

Google Map indicating the locations for the eligible poems submitted to the City Poems Contest. Blue pins for Youth category; red pins for Emerging Poets category; yellow pins for Established Poets category. Click on the coloured pins for details of each site.

About the City Poems Contest

More information about the background of the two-stage City Poems Contest can be found here.