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The Ruth and David Lampe Poetry Competition and Award

July 31, 2023, 11:59 PM EDT


All forms and styles of poetry considered.  Open only to Canadian writers.

Closes Monday, July 31, 2023.

General guidelines:
• Up to 16 pages of poetry may be submitted as a suite (we advise the poems be a related grouping, not a hodgepodge of random selections; you may also submit a long/single poem).
• Formatting: single line spacing, on 8.5×11 pages, in a serif (eg Times, Garamond, etc.) 11 or 12 point font.
• There is no restriction on the number of submissions, subject matter, or style.
• If submitting more than one suite, please complete a separate submission form for each entry.
• Each suite submitted requires a $35.00 submission fee.
• Each suite submitted will receive a one-year/4-issue subscription to our Exile Quarterly ($39.00 value).
• Do NOT have your name appear anywhere on the pages of the poetry. Make sure to paginate (1/30, 2/30, 3/30…) and put the suite title on each page.

• Important: All (or any single) poems must not have been previously published. All work submitted for this competition must not be scheduled for publication in a book or anthology during the adjudication of our competition and/or and must not have been submitted elsewhere during the adjudication of our competition (approximately November 15, 2022 and/or until the shortlist is announced).

• Completing the Submission Form: Please include the following information:
a) Full Address (for your subscription).
b) Email and Telephone Number (in case we need to contact you).
c) Brief biography (five to seven lines) that includes previous periodical/online publications and/or book-length releases – publishing related information only, please.
d) Indicate if you are an Emerging Writer – or a Writer at Any Career Point (i.e. three or more published poetry books under your name). If there is a determination to be made, the judges will assess/confirm your category, based on your biography, books publication, awards, national media recognition, etc.
e) If you prefer we do not add your email to our mailing list, please indicate this on the submission form. (Each year we send some 15 notifications on our literary events, updates on Exile Editions books and Exile Quarterly new releases, follow up on our competitions, etc.). Or, you can indicate you prefer only to receive email updates for this particular contest.

• For full contest details: you have any submission questions, email:


We still do old school…


EXILE Quarterly (please indicated: Attn: fiction / poetry / non-fiction / drama / visual arts editor)

170 Wellington Street West

PO Box 308 Mount Forest ON  N0G 2L0

Important: include a cover letter with your contact details, and any other relevant information.


$35 Fee for submitting: this goes to the editors who read and consider the submissions.

Payment methods:

1) Pay with your Submittable submission.

2) If submitting by Canada Post, include a cheque payable to THE EXCELSIS GROUP.

3) If submitting by Canada Post, make an e-transfer to (important: indicate what the fee relates to).

Recycle: We do not return submissions. All materials are recycled, or properly disposed of.



July 31, 2023
11:59 PM EDT
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