Statement from this year’s judge, Wayde Compton:
That which is “avant-garde” can be socially progressive or regressive, just as that which extends a tradition can be either as well. So “the new” isn’t necessarily the utopian key it’s often assumed to be, and “the old” is not always that which is best left behind. I’m most curious, in this time, about poetry that disregards this binary, and instead productively questions any lineage of influence.”
About the Judge:
Wayde Compton writes poetry, fiction, and essays. Three of his books — The Outer Harbour, After Canaan, and The Revolving City — were finalists for the City of Vancouver Book Award, and the former won in 2015. His book 49th Parallel Psalm was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2002, Compton co-founded the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization dedicated to the public memory of Vancouver’s historical black community, and he is a member of the Northeast False Creek Stewardship Group. Compton is the program director of Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies, where he administrates the Writer’s Studio and the Southbank Writer’s Program.
- Revised Deadline: October 7th, 2017
- Award: $500 + publication in the Fall issue, TCR 3.33.
- Fee: $25 for Canadian entries, $35 for US/international entries
- Length: Maximum 6 pages per entry.