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2019 National Finals in Winnipeg

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


Watch the Finals


Watch the English Semifinals


Watch the French & Bilingual Semifinals


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; the Epic Winnipeg Poetry Hunt; 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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