The Books Matter Prize is a $500 gift certificate to Abraxas Books on Denman Island to be awarded to the best unpublished poem on the subject of the environment, the planet or animals in peril, written by a resident of Denman or Hornby Island, or the Comox Valley.
Vancouver writer Aislinn Hunter has donated her proceeds from the Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival in July for this prize.
Poets are invited to send a maximum of two poems on the themes noted above to Aislinn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions should be attached to their email as a word document, written in 12-point font and single-spaced. The word document should not have the poet’s name or address, just the poem’s title, which should correspond to the subject line of the email. Applicants must be residents of Denman Island, Hornby Island, or the Comox Valley.
The submission deadline is midnight Sept. 15. The winning submission will be announced on Oct. 1. Four runners-up will receive the opportunity to have feedback (substantive and line edits) on their submission.