Vallum Award for Poetry 2016

DEADLINE JULY 15, 2016 (postmarked)


1st Prize: $750

2nd Prize: $250

+ publication in Vallum

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Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2016.

This year's contest judge is award-winning poet:

Jeramy Dodds !

Jeramy Dodds grew up in Orono, Ontario Canada. He received his BA from Trent University in English Literature and Anthropology and his MA from the University of Iceland in Medieval Icelandic Studies. His poems have been translated into Latvian, Hungarian, Finnish, French, Swedish, Icelandic, and German. He is the winner of the 2006 Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the 2007 CBC Literary Award for poetry. His first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books, 2008), was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, and won the Trillium Book Award for poetry. His most recent publication is a translation of the Poetic Edda (Coach House Books, 2014) from Old Icelandic into English. He is a poetry editor at Coach House Books. He currently lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


$25 CDN for Canadian residents, $25 USD for US and international entrants, which includes a free one-year subscription* to Vallum. Payment can be made by cheque (payable to "Vallum") or through our online store hosted by PayPal.

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  1. Submit up to 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. The $25 entry fee covers 3 poems.  Do not label your poems with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. Please also specify how you heard about the contest.
  2. Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published.
  3. 1st prize is $750, 2nd $250. Both 1st and 2nd prize-winning poems will be published in Vallum Magazine and on Vallum's website. Honourable Mentions may be selected and published but are not eligible for cash prizes. 

If mailing your entry, please send it to:

5038 Sherbrooke West
PO BOX 23077 CP Vendome
Montreal, QC H4A 1T0


Please write your name, contact information, each poem's title, and how you heard about the contest in the body of the email. Include your poems in an attachment, without any identification. The contest is judged blind. Also write "VALLUM AWARD" in subject line of your email. Your contact information and poem titles must be clearly delineated.
SEND TO:  vallumcontest[at]gmail[dot]com



2015 Winners

1st place: "Girl Gives Birth to Thunder" by K.T. Billey
2nd place: "It Was a Golden Age of Monsters" by John Sibley Williams

Honourable mention: "Finding the Field with No Roads" by Grace Vermeer
Honourable mention: "Vicarious" by Joan Crate
Honourable mention: "The Outsider" by Maxence Yaelle
Honourable mention: "They Were There" by Alycia Pirmohamed

The winning poems appear in Vallum 13:1 Open Call.

Thanks to Stephanie Bolster, the 2015 contest judge.


2014 Winners

1st Place: "The Long Study" by Alexei Perry
2nd Place: "Last evening I stumbled" by Carla Barkman

Honourable Mention: "Apple to Apple" by Susan Hughson
Honourable Mention: "pass this note" by Domenico Capilongo

Winning poems appear in Vallum 12:1 "Surrender"

Thanks to George Elliott Clarke, the 2014 contest judge.


2013 Winners

1st Place: "Godzilla Versus Mothra" by Michael Prior
2nd Place: "Hawk" by John Pahl

Honourable Mention: "No Paradise Here" by Mary Ann Moore
Honourable Mention:"Summer" by Elana Wolff
Honourable Mention:"Dun" by Ulrike Narwani

Winning poems appear in Vallum 11:1 "Thresholds"


2012 Winners

1st Place: "A Man of Plain, Common Understanding" by Emily Paskevics
2nd Place: "Ariadne's Thread" by Jim Johnstone

Honourable Mention: "Welcome Sign" by Denver Jermyn
Honourable Mention:"Her He" by Susan C. Evans
Honourable Mention:"The Swan" by Matthew Requa

Winning poems appear in Vallum 10:1 "Magic"


2011 Winners

First Place: "Telecommuting Spouses" by Peter Richardson
Second Place: “Veninum Lupinum” by Jack Miller

Honourable Mention: "Dark Matter" by Roxanna Bennett
Honourable Mention: "Tougher Than Leather" by Joseph Anderson
Honourable Mention: "Up Ahead" by Lucy Ricciardi

Winning poems appear in Vallum 9:1 "Pakistan."


2010 Winners

1st Prize: "My Father's Grief" by Pamela Porter
2nd Prize: "Displacement" by John Reibetanz
Honourary Mention: "Theory and Practice" by Susan Steudel


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