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Are you one of Canada's best published poets? This New Westminster-based contest beckons

Royal City Literary Arts Society is calling for submissions for the eighth annual Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry
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The Royal City Literary Arts Society is seeking submissions for the eighth annual Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry.

A New Westminster-based literary group is looking for Canada’s best poets.

The Royal City Literary Arts Society has opened its call for submissions for the eighth annual Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry.

The competition awards cash prizes (of $500, $250 and $100) to three books of poetry published in Canada in the calendar year 2020.

Books must be bound as a book (not a chapbook) and must be at least 60 pages long. They must be written in English by a single author; no co-authored books or anthologies are eligible. To be eligible, books must also be written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, alive in the submission year, and they must be published in Canada.

This year’s judge is Jónína Kirton, a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet who’s a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio and a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than Oct. 1; consult the society's website for full submission guidelines.

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