Call for Submissions: Vera Manuel Award for Poetry – Dateline August 15

Submit before midnight August 15, 2022
Send 6-10-minute audio (.mp3) and/or video (.mp4) of your original unpublished music WITH the lyric sheets in PDF.
Short List: Top six entries
2nd and 3rd place Winners: Honourable Mention
First place Winner: $1000

Judge: Cecily Nicholson
Jury Members: Malcolm van Delst & Sana Janjua

Cecily Nicholson is the author of four books, and past recipient of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. She has held the Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer in Residence at SFU (2017), and Writer in Residence at the University of Windsor (2021).



Malcolm van Delst is a poet, novelist and web developer who is passionate about writing. She founded and runs the Vancouver Writers Group and chairs the Surrey Library’s Guildford Writers Circle. She has an English Literature degree from McMaster University, she later taught at Emily Carr Institute. 

Vera Manuel Award for Poetry is open to Canadian citizens, members of Indigenous nations, landed immigrants, permanent residents, refugee applicants, and international students in Canada.

We encourage people of colour, LGBTQ+, disabled, and financially challenged poets to participate.

View Eligibility Criteria and Submission Guidelines at the link below:

Surrey Muse Arts Society

Surrey Muse Arts Society operates from the
unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.


About Surrey Muse

An interdisciplinary Arts and Literature group that meets Fourth Friday of each month except December. Presents a Guest Author, a Featured Poet, and a Featured Artist/Performer. Discussions. Open Mic. Book Table. Book Signings. Free event. Donations welcome.

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