ESA Poetry Contest: Winners!

After much consideration, discussion and deliberation… We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s ESA Poetry Contest, sponsored by the ESA Library.

  • WINNER:  Paper Thin Walls by Olivia Nitti
  • Second: Past Blue Sky by Laura Kim
  • Third: Love poem/2 by Michaela Yarmol-Matusiak
  • Honourable Mention: Ageing Eyes by Alexandra Lockwood

The winners should please stop by the Library to collect their prizes…

Thank you to everyone who submitted poems to the contest.


ESA Poetry Contest: Deadline Extended

This year, again, the ESA Library is pleased to honour National Poetry Month by sponsoring a student poetry contest.

Poems can be on any topic/subject matter… there is no particular theme to the celebrations this year.

Poems must however:

  • be titled;
  • not have been previously published;
  • be formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper; and,
  • be no longer than 50 lines.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to the end of the day this Friday, May 4th.

  • Entries may be submitted in person to the Library… to either Ms. Wray, Ms. Kennedy.
  • We prefer entries to be submitted via e-mail to:
  • Entries may be submitted as ‘Anonymous’… but the contest organisers must still know the identity of the poet in the event of the entry being a winning entry!

The top three entries will each receive a collection of poetry.

  • All poems will be published on the ESsays Creative Writing Blog, and included in the publication of our print volume.
  • All poets included in the print edition will receive their own personal copy of the published collection.

Follow Poetry Month celebrations at @CanadianPoets or at #NPM18

The Toronto Star Short Story Contest

From the online edition of the paper…

  • This year’s contest runs until 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.
  • The winner will receive $5,000 and a creative writing course from The Humber School for Writers.
  • The second-place winner will take home a $2,000 prize, while third place will be awarded $1,000.
  • The winner can choose a 30-week creative writing correspondence program, valued at $3,000, at Humber, or a week-long summer workshop, worth $1,000, at the college’s Lakeshore campus in Toronto.
  • Stories can be about any topic the entrant chooses, as long as it’s original, unpublished, and amounts to less than 2,500 words. Entries are limited to one per person.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of the Humber School for Writers and narrowed down to a short list. The three winners will then be selected from that list by city librarian Vickery Bowles, award-winning author and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, Toronto Star books editor Deborah Dundas, and the Star’s former theatre critic Richard Ouzounian.

FULL DETAILS available here. 

  • You must be 16 years old to enter.
  • If you’re not 16 this year, plan ahead for next year or the year after.

2017 ESA Student Poetry Contest

And the winners are:

Each of these students will receive a copy of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology, as well as a print edition of this year’s edition of the ESsays Creative Writing Blog, Letters Vol III.

National Poetry Month

Week 2 of National Poetry Month has come to a close.

For Week 3 we are pleased to announce a number of Poetry Contests – with approaching deadlines – that students are encouraged to enter. Of particular note are:

These are but a sampling of poetry – and related – writing contests which are open throughout the year and welcome student submissions.  For a full inventory, and additional information about these and other contests, please refer to this shared Google Doc (mostly updated for this year!!)


REMEMBER also to enter the 4th Annual ESA Library Student Poetry Contest.

Poems must:

  • be on the theme of time;
  • be titled;
  • not have been previously published;
  • be formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper; and,
  • be no longer than 50 lines.

All entries must be submitted by no later than Friday April 28th.

  • Entries should be submitted via e-mail to Ms. Wray, in the Library.
  • E-mail:

The top three entries will each receive a collection of poetry, as well as publication on the ESsays Creative Writing Blog.

  • Publication in, and a personal copy of, the print edition of ESsays is also included.

Good luck…

2017 poster

Canada Reads: Student Contest

Hot off the presses!  At 3:55pm, on Friday March 10th, Canada Reads launched a new student competition on CBC Radio’s Here & Now.

  • The competition is simple! Students in Grades 7-12 enrolled in a school in the GTA are invited to make a written submission of 100-150 words, telling us a story about their favourite Toronto spot (neighbourhood, street corner, park, you name it)… We’re looking for stories that inspire us to explore our city and to see it through the eyes of young people.
  • The prize for the winning entry is a classroom visit from Canada Reads host, Ali Hassan and panellist, Humble The Poet—defender of Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis!

Get writing!!  Entries are due by 11:59pm on Monday March 20th.

If you submit…  please do consider sharing your story with the ESA Library…  so we can share them with the rest of the school.

Valentine’s Week in the Library: Haiku Contest

Valentine’s Haiku… From PoetFreak

Red roses for you
Darling, here is my heart too
Ever I Love you!

Help celebrate Valentine’s Day at the ESA Library.  Write a Valentine’s themed Haiku.

All entries must be original.   Entries will be judged on the basis of originality and creativity.

Multiple entries accepted.  Submit your Haiku to the ESA Library by Monday February 13th.