Call for Poetry – A Journey Across New Westminster By Word: A Poetry of Place

Deadline: June 21, 4:30pm


A Journey Across New Westminster By Word: A Poetry of Place
Deadline: June 21, 2019 4:30pm

The New Westminster Poet Laureate Alan Hill in partnership with the City’s Arts Services Department is requesting submissions for a poetry anthology, A Journey across New Westminster by Word: A Poetry of Place.

This vibrant, multicultural and multi-dimensional poetry collection of “poetry postcards” will present a literary map of contemporary New Westminster. The intention of this collection is to highlight and explore physical location and its emotional and cultural significance specific to New Westminster residents.

A Poetry Postcard is a short written description of a person’s favorite place in the City. A literary snapshot that describes a location and why it is important to the writer and what it makes the writer, think, feel and experience.

Celebrate and showcase New Westminster’s diverse cultural identity and literary traditions.
Highlight places in our community – specific geographical locations – that are important to the community and engender a sense of what it means to live here.
Create a greater shared sense of community for all participants.
Support a collaborative and thoughtful legacy project shepherded by the City’s Poet Laureate.
Create a printed and bound anthology.
Identifying and connecting up-and-coming literary talent to the wider literary community in New Westminster.

Submissions Guidelines:
A panel of jurors will be struck to help Mr. Hill in the selection of poems for the anthology. The panel will be looking for:
Literary originality – imagery which stands out
Poems that make or take reference from the City of New Westminster (specific locations, its people, communities, streets, businesses, natural environment, histories etc.)
A variety of diverse viewpoints from around the City of New Westminster (Indigenous, brand new and long-time resident perspectives are all encouraged)

Submission Requirements
Submissions only accepted via email as a word attachment (do not send work within body of an email)
Please include your name, address, email address, phone number
Email Subject Line: A Journey Across New Westminster By Word – Poetry Application
Word limit is 300 words/per poem
An image of the location being written about
Please note: Maximum file size accepted by City of New Westminster email is 8MB

Selection Timeline
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately 4 weeks following the application deadline (Mid-July, 2019).
Please note: City of New Westminster staff and jury panel members are not eligible to apply.

Intellectual Property
All works submitted to this project will remain the property of the artist, save and except for the City’s right to reproduce the work for cataloguing, government publications, public relations or publicity purposes. The City will use reasonable efforts to name the artist in the publication for which the reproduction was created.

Please send all submissions by June 21, 2019 at 4:30pm to: