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Words Aloud works to support the best in poetry and spoken word from across Canada and beyond at an annual festival held in Grey County, Ontario, where we present a captivating blend of poetry, spoken word, storytelling and musical performances, writing workshops, and more. 

This year, the Words Aloud organization, in conjunction with Coffin Ridge Winery, is holding a summer competition in support of their annual November festival. 

The first place winner will see their poem(s) publishes on the Words Aloud Website. They will also  receive a $50 honorarium and a special gift from Coffin Ridge Winery, as well as a complimentary pass to the Words Aloud Festival in November. 

The top three poets will have the option of reading their submissions, on August 30th at a Words Aloud Gala, where a winner will be chosen. (Those unable to attend may choose to have a judge, or friend read in their place.) 

2nd and 3rd prizes will include a $25 honorarium in addition to the publication of their submission, at WordsAloud.ca.

Three judges, from the local and national literary community, will assess submissions.

Rules, deadline and fees:

· You may submit up to three poems per entry 

· Please limit total submission to 120 lines 

· Previously unpublished poems are encouraged 

· Please submit by July 20, 2019

· Fee is $10 CAD per submission

· Members of the Words Aloud Committee may not enter the contest. 

 Top three winning submissions will be read, (by the poet, a judge, or other person chosen to take their place,) at the Coffin Ridge Winery fundraiser on Friday evening of August 30th, 2019, where the winners will be announced to the public. 

Questions or need more information about the CR competition or WA festival? Please contact wordsaloud@outlook.com.

*Dreamers Creative Writing is a sponsor of the Words Aloud Festival.