The Books Matter Prize

 The Books Matter Prize …… win $500 in books by writing a poem about the planet / the environment / the earth or animals in peril

The Books Matter Prize is a $500 gift certificate to Abraxas Books to be awarded to the best unpublished poem on the subject of the planet / the environment / the earth or animals in peril, written by a resident of Denman or Hornby Island, or the Comox Valley.

Vancouver writer Aislinn Hunter has generously donated proceeds for taking part in the Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival in July for this prize.  Aislinn says this topic was inspired by a recent series of twenty poems on climate change curated by Carol Ann Duffy in the Guardian newspaper; by a news article on “Sudan”, a white rhino who is the last male of his species; and by the beauty of Denman Island and by the wonderful local writers she saw read during the Festival.

Poets are invited to send a maximum of two poems on the themes noted above to Aislinn at manuscripts@me.com. Submissions should be attached to their email as a Word document, written in 12pt font and single-spaced.  The Word document should not have the poet’s name or address, just the poem’s title which should correspond to the subject line of the email.  Applicants must be residents of Denman Island, Hornby Island, or the Comox Valley.

The submission deadline is September 15th by midnight.  The winning submission will be announced on October 1st.  Four runners-up will receive the opportunity to have feedback (substantive and line edits) on their submission.

August 2015