Submission deadline: closed for 2016
The Young Buck Poetry Prize is an annual contest
with a submission deadline in October.


CV2 magazine has created a new annual poetry contest exclusively for writers under the age of 35. 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 longlist for the 2016 Young Buck Poetry Prize has been posted. Read the long list here. 


2016 contest judge

George Murray is the author of six books of poetry, including Diversion (ECW, 2015), Whiteout (2012), The Rush to Here (Nightwood, 2007) and The Hunter (McClelland & Stewart, 2003), as well as one best-selling book of aphorisms, Glimpse (ECW 2010), and the children’s book Wow Wow and Haw Haw (Breakwater, 2014).
His work has appeared in magazines and journals across Canada and around the world, including, Brick, CV2, Fiddlehead, Geist, Granta (UK), Iowa Review (USA), London Magazine (UK), Mid-American Review (USA), New American Writing (USA), New Quarterly, New Welsh Review (UK), Pasture (NZ), The Walrus, and has appeared in over 20 anthologies.
George has taught poetry at several institutions, most recently in UBC’s MFA program and at the University of Toronto. He is the former poetry editor at the Literary Review of Canada, and from 2003 to 2011 was the owner and operator of the popular literary website He is currently the editor of He lives in St. John’s where he is the city’s poet laureate. 


Full contest rules


See the winners from previous years

Young Buck Poetry Prize winners