Poetry Competition 2017

The Life of Words sponsors an annual poetry competition open to Ontario high school students. News about the 2017 competition will be published on this page. Last year’s competition page is archived here.

5 June – Anthology Published!

After a short delay, we’re releasing the 2017 Life of Words Anthology today! Congratulations to all the young poets published here, and especially to our two runners-up, Seema Kharab and Jessica Rice, and our winner, Michael M. Raczkowski.

A PDF of the anthology can be downloaded by clicking on the cover page, below:

LOW anthology 2017

21 May – Anthology Announced

The LOW team has come up with our 2017 Anthology poems. Our thanks go out to everyone who sent in a poem, and we congratulate all those selected for the anthology. They are, in no particular order:

  • Ariene Dela Cruz, St Joan of Arc CSS
  • Michael Raczkowski, York Mills CI
  • Naomi Katz, Eastwood CI
  • Nancy Kharab, Lincoln M. Alexander SS
  • Victoria Tucci, Robert F. Hall CSS
  • Jessica Rice, Resurrection CSS
  • Nancy Ros, Louise Arbour SS
  • Natasha D’Alessandro, St. Michael CSS
  • Logan Savoie-Hvorup, Eastwood CI
  • Michelle Noordam, Hope Reformed Christian School
  • Seema Kharab, Lincoln M. Alexander SS
  • Precious Nwaka, St. Marguerite d’Youville SS

The Anthology will by published here in a few weeks, at which point the winner and runners up will be announced. Stay tuned.

22 April – 17 poetry competition is officially closed! Thanks for all the great submissions.

[PS. in case you missed the deadline, we’ll accept late entries until next Monday, the 24th, at midnight.]


21 April – TODAY! is the last day to submit a poem to our 2017 poetry competition.

We’ve received lots of submissions already — keep ’em coming!


18 April – Last few days to submit a poem!!

Competition closes this Friday, April 21st.


6 Mar – Life of Words 2017 Competition Flyer Released

Here is our flyer announcing the competition and its rules:

[download high quality PDF here]