Kenneth G. Mills Poetry & Singer – Songwriter Prize

 HIGH SCHOOL POETRY
1st prize:  $500
2nd prize: $250
3rd prize:  $150
4th prize:  $100

UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE POETRY
1st prize:  $500
2nd prize: $250
3rd prize:  $150
4th prize:  $100

SONGWRITING
1st prize:  $500
2nd prize: $250
3rd prize:  $150
4th prize:  $100

*ENTRIES must be in by March 15, 2018. Scroll down to submit yours*

Winners to Perform at the

 KENNETH G. MILLS POETRY & SINGER – SONGWRITER GALA
May 5
, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.

The Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Avene
Toronto, Ontario

 

  • Accepted file types: pdf, docx, mp3, mp4.
    Upload the poem or song you're entering for the prize.
  • By clicking the Submit Entry button, you agree to the Contest Rules, below.

CONTEST RULES

Awards

High School Poetry

1st prize:  $500
2nd prize: $250
3rd prize:  $150
4th prize:  $100

University and College Poetry

1st prize:  $500
2nd prize: $250
3rd prize:  $150
4th prize:  $100

Songwriting

1st prize:  $500
2nd prize: $250
3rd prize:  $150
4th prize:  $100

Eligibility

Entrants must be 25 years of age or younger and attending a high school, university, or college in the City of Toronto. Prize winners will be required to show proof of age and residency.

The poetry or songwriting submission (one entry per applicant) must be an original, unpublished work written in English by the entrant. Any work that has appeared on the Internet or in print, or has been broadcast in any format, is considered published and is therefore ineligible. Each entry must be the work of a single author and must not infringe upon any right or copyright of any person or entity.

Entrants warrant that they have created the work that they are submitting and that they own the rights to it.

Theme of Poem or Song

The three themes this year are Wonder, Inspiration, and Peace.

Please select one theme for your poem or song. Here are three quotations from Dr. Kenneth G. Mills, the poet, composer, and conductor whose considerations have inspired the prizes. These statements are examples of how the ideas of Wonder, Inspiration, and Peace may open in your imagination and expression.

Wonder – “If we are not a wonder, we are never open to poetry or philosophy, because the doorway to each of these avenues of expression has to be through Wonder” (K. G. Mills).

Inspiration – “The mind that is open to inspiration knows that it is just the vehicle through which the inspiration flows” (K. G. Mills).

Peace – “Love evidences itself as Peace! That’s the Peace that passeth the understanding. You can’t have peace; all you can be is Love and the evidence, Peace” (K. G. Mills).

Closing Date

Your poem, application form must be submitted by March 15, 2018.
Apply online using the form on this page, above.

Submission

Students will submit their poem or song lyrics with the online application form. Songwriters must also send an MP3 or MP4 recording of their performance of their song; they may accompany themselves on guitar or piano or may have someone else accompany them.

Criteria of Writing

Consider using some of the following points when writing an effective poem or song:

Theme: The poem or song explores or relates to one of the themes of the contest.
Drama: The poem or song captures or effectively implies a compelling story.
Imagery: Figurative language creates rich or broad sensory appeal.
Impact: The poem or song evokes an emotional response in the reader.
Originality: The idea, perspective, or presentation is unique and fresh.

Copyright

Copyright remains with the author of the poem or song. By submitting an entry, the entrant grants the Kenneth G. Mills Foundation the right to publish the entry online and/or in print in the case that the entry is selected for the poetry prize. Entrants whose poem or song is selected for a prize agree to have their name and/or picture used for promotional purposes related to the competition.

Notification to Winners

The twelve winners will be notified by April 10, 2018 and given information regarding the
opportunity to present their poems and songs at the Poetry & Singer-Songwriter Gala.

Dress Rehearsal for Gala

Finalists for the poetry and songwriting prizes will be required to attend one rehearsal prior to the gala to ensure a quality presentation of their work. The rehearsal will take place during the last three weeks of April.

Poetry & Singer – Songwriter Gala and Award Ceremony

The winners will be awarded their prize at the Poetry & Singer – Songwriter Gala on May 5, 2018, at the Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

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