The 2020 contest has ended.
Submission deadline: November 1, 2019
The Young Buck Poetry Prize is an annual contest
with a submission deadline in November.
The Young Buck poetry prize is awarded 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.
The winner of the 2018 Young Buck Poetry Prize of $1000 is:
Joseph Kidney for "Garbage Takeout"
Honourable Mentions and $150 go to:
Chelsea Comeau for "BECAUSE YOU KNOW BIRDS' MOUTHS ARE CLEAN"
David Janzen for "Mariposa (for Greg Curnoe)"
David Janzen for "One Year Old"
The prize-winning poems will be published in our Summer 2019 Issue. Thank you to our wonderful 2018 judge, Mallory Tater, and to everyone who submitted their work!
See the winners from previous years
2019 contest judge
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.
Full contest rules
- Participating writers must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of the contest deadline. All entrants must be willing to provide proof of age if requested.
- Open to Canadian and International poets.
- Entry fee: $26 (first entry, includes 1-year subscription), $16 (subsequent entries)
- Due to high international shipping costs, the subscription term for contest entrants residing in the US is 9 months (3 issues). For international residents the subscription term is 3 months (1 issue).
- Your entry may consist of 1-3 poems, and is not to exceed 80 lines total.
- Deadline for all contest entries: November 1, 2019 at midnight central time.
- Early Bird Deadline: Enter before October 1st and submit an extra poem at no charge! The length of the extra poem must not exceed 80 lines.
- Do not identify yourself on your attachment. Enter your name and address information in the form provided in Submittable. In the space reserved for a cover letter please enter the title(s) of your piece(s) and line count. On occasion, CV2 magazine makes subscriber names and addresses available to external organizations. If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please state this clearly in the space reserved for a cover letter.
- Your entry must be formatted on 8 1/2″ x 11″ using single spacing and a 12 point font.
- Winners of the 2019 Young Buck Poetry Prize will be notified by email (or telephone) and results will be available on the CV2 website in early January 2020.
- Each piece must be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition for which it is also eligible to win a prize.
- Winning pieces will be published in CV2 magazine, with authors paid for publication.