National Finals

The 24 top-scoring students from the Online Semifinals and their teachers win a spot at the National Finals, plus travel and accommodation (most meals are provided too).

The National Finals takes place over three days each spring in a different Canadian city; this year, it will take place in Toronto.

Buy your tickets to the 2018 Awards Show on April 19 at 7pm.

Book your tickets to the 2018 English Qualifiers on April 18 at 1pm.

Book your tickets to the 2018 French & Bilingual Qualifiers on April 18 at 9:30am.


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

The event also includes cultural activities. So far, we’ve hosted a private Q&A with Margaret Atwood, poetry-themed gallery tours, a screening of Al Purdy Was Here followed by a Q&A with director Brian Johnson, the Amazing Recitation Race, writing workshops for students, and best-practice workshops for teachers.


Looking back at the 2017 National Finals in Vancouver

English Finals & Showcase

In this event hosted by Bill Richardson, the top 6 students from the English Stream Qualifiers competed for the prizes for themselves and their school libraries. The French and Bilingual winners from earlier in the day were also showcased.



French & Bilingual Finals

During this event hosted by Johanne Blais, six students in the French Stream and six in the Bilingual stream competed for the $5,000 grand prizes.



English Qualifiers

Hosted by former English Champion Roan Shankaruk, this competition features twelve high school students from across Canada reciting 3 poems from our anthology. The top 6 students advanced to our English Finals.



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

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. 





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