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23rd National Poetry Month 2021


The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador (WANL) is seeking expressions of interest from poets who would like to participate in the Canadian League of Poets’ National Poetry Month reading.
This year’s theme is “resilience.” (Full details below!)

WANL’s 2021 National Poetry Month events will take place virtually.
Winning entries will be premiered on the WANL Facebook page.
Selected poets will be paid for their work –
 $150 each!

“The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 23nd National Poetry Month this April 2021 with the theme of resilience. 

What does it mean to be resilient?
We meet resilience in every corner we’ve been backed into, every hardship that we endure.
Resilience is geographical, spiritual, historical. It’s the fight against climate change, the inner battle with mental health, the outcry for human rights and an end to systemic racism.
Resilience is the backbone of generations of trauma, the silence at the dinner table, the bow to culture’s violin.
Resilience is the courage to start each day anew.

This NPM 2021, we celebrate, reflect on and respect the resilience that has made us who we are.”


• Applicants must be WANL members in good standing.
(Applicants may become a member at the time of submission.)
• Applicants should have enough original poetry to produce a 7-10 minute video submission.
• Applicants must be comfortable recording a submission or working independently with a reader for a recorded submission. (Please see full details below.)


1) Choose a selection of poetry from your previously published or unpublished catalogue of work while adhering to this year’s theme.
Please ensure you have selected enough material to fill up a minimum of 7 minutes of air time, up to a maximum of 10 minutes.

2) Record yourself reading your themed excerpt.
Please introduce yourself, giving your name and general location. This is a great opportunity to plug whatever you’re working on, your goals as a poet, etc.

3) Submit your recording to WANL staff.
WANL Staff will forward your submissions to a panel of qualified jurors, who will decide which readings will be premiered on the WANL Facebook page. The authors of the selected works will receive financial compensation of $150.00 per poet.


• Applicants are responsible for recording and submitting their own readings. • Readings should be approximately 7-10 minutes each, with a minimum of 7 minutes.
• Videos should be recorded in a well-lit and quiet environment, at the highest resolution possible, in landscape mode (horizontally).
• Please submit your video in mp4 format.
• Applicants who are unable to read are welcome to submit their video with a reader provided by the applicant. The jury will be evaluating readings on the content of the submission and the presentation. Successful applicants will receive the full payment – We encourage any successful applicants to pay their reader for their time, however, this is at the discretion of the applicant.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during these virtual/pandemic times!

HOW TO SUBMIT:Please submit via email, using the subject line “National Poetry Month 2021″
Provide contact information in the body of the email.
Send your reading video submission in an mp4 file to


Thursday, April 8, at 12 a.m. Newfoundland Standard Time