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Senior Nationals

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Each spring, we host a three-day event called the National Finals in a different Canadian city; this year, it will take place in Winnipeg.

To buy tickets to the National Finals on April 25 @ 7pm at the Muriel Richardson Auditorium in the Winnipeg Art Gallery, go to

If you are unable to attend in person, we will live stream the National Finals and the Semifinals on this page. 


The highlight of the event is our contest, in which 24 students recite and compete for nearly $25,000 in prizes.

In each of our three streams (English, Bilingual, and French) we award the following:

  • 1st place: $5,000 for the student, $1,000 for their school library, with $500 reserved for the purchase of poetry books
  • 2nd place: $1,000 for the student, $500 for the purchase of poetry books for their school library
  • 3rd place: $500 for the student, $250 for the purchase of poetry books for their school library

With poetry-themed cultural activities, this is a truly immersive event: To date, we’ve hosted a Q&A with Margaret Atwood for finalists and their teachers; poetry-themed gallery tours of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario; a screening of Al Purdy Was Here followed by a Q&A with director, Brian Johnson; the Amazing Recitation Race in Vancouver; the Epic Toronto Poetry Showdown; writing workshops for students; and best-practice workshops for teachers.


Looking back at the 2018 National Finals in Toronto

The Awards Show:


The English Qualifiers:


The French & Bilingual Qualifiers:




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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