Inner City Poetry Contest: Submissions Wanted

On April 17, the Edmonton Poetry Festival is coming again to Zocalo. We are having a contest for writers who live in and/or write about the inner city. First prize will be $100. Prizes for second and third place will be announced at a later date.

We’re calling this year’s event Inner City Drum Beats. Organizers Leif Gregersen, Gary Garrison, and David Prodan are carrying forward the momentum of last year’s Gettin’ Gritty, Inner City, the first time the Edmonton Poetry Festival held an event in McCauley. That was one of six Bring Your Own Venue events for the festival. Two of Edmonton’s former Poet Laureates participated, and several other guest poets and musicians performed. At the end of the evening, we announced the three contest winners and invited them to read their pieces to the audience.

Last year’s event was the culmination of several months of drop-in poetry workshops, a social media campaign, and a very successful poetry contest. Last summer, we published a chapbook that included the winning poems, a selection from the other submissions, and work by the guest poets. The Gettin’ Gritty, Inner City chapbook has been distributed free of charge at various locales in McCauley and Boyle Street. This year, we are repeating much of last year’s successful formula. Stay tuned to Boyle McCauley News and our soon-to-be-unveiled Facebook page for further details (you can find the page by searching Facebook for Inner City Drum Beats).

But, start writing now and mark your calendars for Sunday, April 17, 5-8 p.m. at Zocalo.

Submission Guidelines

  • Poems, song lyrics, or prose poems must be 300 words or less.
  • Submissions must be unpublished, original work.
  • The piece must be about the inner city or by an inner city resident.
  • Submissions must be received by 12:01 a.m., Monday, April 4.
  • All submissions will be considered for inclusion in a poetry chapbook to be published this summer.

Email your submissions to or mail to: McCauley Writers Atlas,
C/O McCauley Apartments, B08, 9541 108A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4G8

For more information, call (780) 424-2870, or email

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  • Snow Moon – The “Snow Moon,” a full moon on Christmas, photographed over McCauley. Leif Gregersen

  • Burst of Brightness – A Spanish dance troupe performing at the Burst of Brightness Cultural Bazaar at McCauley School in late November Ozlem Cankaya

  • Burst of Brightness – An African dance troupe at the Burst of Brightness Cultural Bazaar in late November in McCauley School. Ozlem Cankaya

  • Burst of Brightness – Joanne McNeal selling crafts at the Burst of Brightness Cultural Bazaar in late November in McCauley School. Ozlem Cankaya

  • Giovanni Caboto Park Glowing – The lights in full force in Giovanni Caboto Park on a winter’s evening. Paula E. Kirman

  • Memorial Pole – A memorial to Lena Steinhauer, a young mother who was found dead in a rooming house on 112 Avenue and 95A Street. A man was charged in connection with her murder in September. The pole is on 108A Avenue, west of 95 Street. Jayne Russell

  • MLA and the Grey Cup – MLA Brian Mason congratulates the Edmonton Eskimos for winning the 2015 Grey Cup, at a fan rally in Churchill Square in early December. Paula E. Kirman

  • Miracle on 96 Street – Volunteers at The Mustard Seed working hard during the annual Christmas party for inner-city families in December. Anna Katryan

  • Contact Workshop at Mile Zero Dance – Participants in an intensive weekend workshop on Contact Improvisation on January 16 at Mile Zero Dance practice spiral rolls. The mural in the backdrop of the per- formance space was done by local artist Tim Rechner. Paula E. Kirman

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