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2019 2-Day Poem Contest Winners

Aug 1, 2019

The results are in for our 16th annual 2-Day Poem Contest, which saw the highest number of entries yet. Thank you to our judge, Marcela Huerta, and to all who participated!

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Our judge for 2019 was Marcela Huerta (who won first place in the 2018 contest) and the ten words for 2019 were velour, pickerel, ensorcelled, scissor, toboggan, weave, gorge, cluster, serpentine, and gnathic.

Without further ado, here are the winners of CV2's 2019 2-Day Poem Contest:

First Place: "startled shut" by Jocelyn Anderson

Second Place: "Vermiculture" by Sarah Ens

Third Place: "Letter to Hannah from Vršovice" by Alison Braid

Editor’s Choice: "Black Snake: a love poem for Justin Trudeau" by Ashley Hynd

Editor’s Mom’s Choice: "March Thaw with Dead Robin" by Julian Day

People’s Choice: "Dwelling Pattern" by Razielle Aigen

Read the winning poems here.

The next 2-Day Poem Contest will be held in April 2020, and you can find more information about the contest here. Until next time!

2019 Young Buck Judge Announced

Jul 9, 2019

Our judge for the 2019 Young Buck Poetry Prize is the wonderful Shazia Hafiz Ramji.

Submissions are officially open for CV2's Young Buck Poetry Prize, and we are so excited to announce that Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the judge for this year's contest! Below you can learn more about the contest, about Shazia, and about what she's looking for in a winning poem.

The Young Buck Poetry Prize is a contest for writers 35 and under, and is awarded annually to the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1000 and publication in CV2. Three honourable mentions are also awarded, each with a cash prize. With a deadline of November 1st, you still have plenty of time left to submit. 

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the author of Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), a finalist for the 2019 BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize) and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. It was also named by CBC as a best Canadian poetry book of 2018 and received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Shazia's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Best Canadian Poetry 2019, and Quill & Quire. She is at work on a novel and a second book of poems.

On what she's looking for in a winning poem, this is what Shazia has to say: "Poems that resonate with me always carry a rhythm that haunts and echoes; this is a heart-bound, ghost-filled, risk-taking route, one that I'm always seeking."

ndncountry West Coast Launch

Mar 7, 2019

ndncountry is being launched in Vancouver this Sunday, March 10th! The launch is taking place as part of Growing Room, an annual literary festival put on by Room Magazine.

Please join editor Katherena Vermette and some of our wonderful contributors for the west coast launch of ndncountry!

The launch is happening this Sunday, March 10th at 8:30pm at Café Deux Soleils in Vancouver. It will feature readings by:

This is a free or pay-what-you-can event. Visit this link for further information or to register!

ndncountry is a collaborative issue published by CV2 and Prairie Fire. Edited by Métis writers Katherena Vermette and Warren Cariou, ndncountry features over 50 Indigenous writers, as well as work from the Winnipeg Art Gallery's historic INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition.