What's new for 2022/23!

Calgary National Finals and FutureVerse

Join us in Moh'kinsstis/Calgary for National Finals and FutureVerse!

On April 17-20, the 2023 National Finals will be held in Moh'kinsstis/Calgary, AB, along with our exciting new program for talented high school student poets. Student writers who participate in FutureVerse will get an all-expenses-paid trip to Calgary and will spend several days meeting and working with famous authors, publishers, and other talented students. This poetry intensive will include workshops on such diverse topics as ecopoetics & activism, Indigenous literature & decolonizing writing, and building & engaging with community. For a year after FutureVerse, participants will also meet online to continue sharing, developing, and growing as writers. 

Students can indicate their interest in FutureVerse by submitting original poetry to the student journal VOICES/VOIX. Our editors will then invite a select number of students to apply to the program. If you have any questions about FutureVerse, feel free to email sarah@poetryinvoice.ca.



2023 Recitation Contests


This year, the Junior Online Finals will be synchronized with the Senior Online Qualifiers and, public health situations permitting, all Team Regionals will be held in person! Team Regional Events have already been confirmed in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Essex County, ON. We are currently looking for hosts in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and in Manitoba. If you would like to host a Team Regional, please email tessa@poetryinvoice.ca.

Junior and Senior Individual CompetitionsSubmissions open on February 1, 2023 and close on March 2, 2023. Junior Competition winners will be announced on March 9. Finalists for Senior Nationals will be announced on March 23.

Team Regional Competitions: All Team Regionals will be held during the month of March 2023

As part of their preparation, students can watch all of our recitation videos, including the 2022 National Finals Show.



Bring poetry to life in the classroom

VOICES/VOIXThe fourth edition of our bilingual poetry journal, edited by poets Therese Estacion and Carl Bessette, is now available. In addition to the editors' selections, all the winners of our monthly poetry contest, the Poetry Prompt Prize, are featured in the journal. Encourage your students to submit for the chance to win $100 and a spot at FutureVerse in Calgary!

Poets In Class: Visits will be back in person! You can bring a world-class poet directly into your classroom starting on September 15, 2022.

New Poems: The 2022-2023 anthology was curated by our English editorial board members David Bradford, Susan Musgrave, Sarah Tsiang and Bänoo Zan


Don't forget to tag @pivlvp on social media! Share your classroom writing sessions, recitation prep, and your class/school champions with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also check out our YouTube channel. 


From everyone at Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie, we wish you a wonderful school year!

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