Kenneth G. Mills Poetry Prize

Best Poem by a High School Student

Best Poem by a College or University Student


Write about your experience of Toronto –
its diversity, culture, challenges, or history.

((ENTRIES must be in by May 15, 2017. Scroll down to submit yours.))


Winners and Finalists to Perform at the


 Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto


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Best poem by a high school student: $1.000
Best poem by a university or college student: $1.000


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

The poetry submission (one poem per entrant) must be an original, unpublished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

This year your submission will be a poem about your urban experience of Toronto,
– its diversity, its challenges, its culture, its history, or its meaning to your life.

Closing Date

Your poem, application form must be submitted by May 15, 2017.
Apply online using the form on this page, above.


To ensure the objectivity of the judges, your name must not appear anywhere
on the poem’s page(s). No handwritten poems will be accepted.

Your poem must be submitted with the application form on this page.


Copyright remains with the author of the poem. 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
is selected for the poetry prize agree to have their name and/or picture used for
promotional purposes related to the competition.

Notification to Winners

The two winners – one student from a high school, and one student from a
university or a college – will be notified by May 31, 2017. Twenty other finalists
will be notified of the opportunity to present their poem on June 11 at the Poetry Gala.

Poetry Gala and Award Ceremony

The winners will be awarded their prize at the Poetry Gala on June 11, 2017,
at the Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts, 427 Bloor Street West,
from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Jeanne Lamon Hall. At the discretion of the judges,
twenty other finalists will have an opportunity to recite their poem at the Poetry Gala.


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