The Life of Words Anthology 2018

Every year we run a poetry competition, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and the English Department of St Jerome’s University. We invite submissions from all Ontario high school students, on a topic to do with language or linguistics. This year we received over 200 poems from all over the province. We read them, debated over them, and finally chose twelve for inclusion in the 2018 Anthology.

The 2018 winning poem is “Alexithymia” by Wardha Malik of Kanata. There were two runners-up: Olivia Heppner of Thunder Bay, for her poem “A Silentious Sonority” and Neebing Kuper, also from Thunder Bay, for “Sha la la”. Congratulations to everyone selected, and thanks to everyone who sent us a poem!

All the shortlisted poems can be read in this year’s anthology, published here:

[click on image to download a high-quality PDF]

[Anthologies from previous years are archived here]

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