Calling all poets!

Submissions are open for Poetry NOW: 5th annual Battle of the Bards and we’re waiting to hear from you!

The Battle of the Bards gives upcoming and established poets a unique opportunity to appear on the IFOA stage. Twenty poets will participate in a night of readings at Harbourfront Centre on April 3, 2013, just in time for National Poetry Month.

Sandra Ridley Poetry NOW 2012

Sandra Ridley, winner of the Poetry NOW: 4th annual Battle of the Bards

“As every poet knows, it’s hard to get heard, at least initially, and the Battle of the Bards offered me that rare opportunity last year of a level playing field,” says Ayesha Chatterjee, one of last year’s participants. “It was exhilarating to be able to read to a new—and very knowledgeable—audience and to be in the company of such a wide range of talented poetic voices from across Canada.”

Interested poets must apply for a place in the event. The participants will be selected at random in advance, and invited to read for five minutes each. This year’s jury is made up of Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor, Artistic Associate Jen Tindall and a guest judge to be announced March 5 along with the participants list.

The winner receives an ad for their book in NOW Magazine and an invitation to read at the 34th annual International Festival of Authors (October 24 – November 3, 2013).

The submission deadline is February 28 at noon, so get on it! All the details here.

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