National Finals


English Finals & Showcase

Thursday, April 20, 7-9pm

The top 6 students from the English Stream Qualifiers competed for the $25,000 in prizes for themselves and their school libraries. The French and Bilingual winners from earlier in the day were also showcased.


French & Bilingual Finals

Thursday April 20, 9:30am-12pm

Six students in both the French and Bilingual contest streams competed for the $5000 grand prizes.


English Qualifiers

Wednesday April 19, 9:30am-12pm

Twelve high school students from across Canada recited 3 poems from our anthology. The top 6 students advanced to our English Finals on Thursday night.


Resisting, Surviving, and Embracing: Nationhood and Identity on #Canada150

Thursday, April 20, 1-2:30pm

Poet Jordan Abel led a discussion among indigenous writers on the concepts of Canadian and Indigenous nationhood and the ways in which those ideas are expressed through poetry. 



Looking back at the 2016 National Finals






The 2016 National Finals took place on April 20 & 21 at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. 


The National Finals take place over two days each spring in a different Canadian city.

Canadian poets, actors, and other cultural figures judge the recitations and award nearly $25,000 in prizes and name a National Champion in each of three language streams: English, French and Bilingual.


The National Finals events also include cultural activities for students and for teachers. So far, we’ve hosted a Q&A with Margaret Atwood, poetry-themed gallery tours, documentary viewing of "Al Purdy Was Here” followed by Q&A with director Brian Johnson, writing workshops for students, and best-practice workshops for teachers.


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