2022 National Online Finals
Watch our most exciting event of the year, the Online National Finals, where our 9 national finalists will recite poems for the top prizes!
The National Finals was hosted by former CBC Radio personality Johanne Blais and judged by a jury of celebrated poets: Michael Crummey, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Brandon Wint for the English recitations; Laurie Bédard, Flavia Garcia, and Baron Marc-André Lévesque for the French recitations.
National Finalists Prizes
Online national finalists won the following cash prizes:
- 1st place: $3,000 for the student, $1,000 for poetry books for their school’s library
- 2nd place: $2,000 for the student, $500 for poetry books for their school’s library
- 3rd place: $1,000 for the student, $250 for poetry books for their school’s library
Our 42 Semifinalists were each awarded a $250 prize. This year, Yusra Ali from Edmonton Islamic Academy in Edmonton, Alberta won the English People’s Choice and Natalia Starzeba from Philip Pocock School in Mississauga, Ontario won the French People’s Choice prize. The People’s Choice winners are awarded $500 on top of the $250 for being named a Semifinalist. You can watch all 42 of our semifinalists here.
2021 Online National Finals
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the top 9 student reciters from across Canada lifted poetry off the page and competed for over $35,000 in prizes in our Online National Finals. Due to COVID-19, the event was held online for the second year in a row, and all 24 students won cash prizes for their participation. We were stunned by the talent and passion our students continue to bring with them even in the most difficult times.
- Read about who won the Online Contest
- Watch the People's Choice Award-winning recitation
- Meet the Semifinalists
- Meet the judges and hosts
2020 Online National Finals
On Friday, April 17, 2020, the top 9 student reciters from across Canada lifted poetry off the page and competed for over $35,000 in prizes in our first Online National Finals. COVID-19 forced the cancellation of our Montreal event, but all 24 students won cash prizes for their participation in the Online National Finals, and we hope to return to Montreal in 2021!
Looking back at the 2019 National Finals in Winnipeg
Watch the Finals
Watch the English Semifinals
Watch the French & Bilingual Semifinals
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.
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.