Getting’ Gritty, Inner City

Recently, I’ve been working with McCauley writers Leif Gregersen and Gary Garrison on a new project. We are calling for entries in a poetry contest to kick off the 2015 Edmonton Poetry Festival!

We are seeking submissions of poetry or lyrics on the topic of “Inner City.” They can be based in reality or imaginary – hallucinatory or otherworldly – historical, modern, or futuristic. We’d like to see your poems gettin’ gritty inner city!

This contest will award a $100 cash prize to the best poem. The top three contest winners will be invited to read from their works at a kick-off event for the Edmonton Poetry Festival from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on April 19at Zocalo​, a well loved local flower shop and café located at 10826 95 Street.

Contest submissions should be no longer than 300 words.

All submissions will be considered for publication in a poetry chapbook collection. All published poets will receive copies of the chapbook.

You can email your submissions to:

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

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 10.

We’ll be posting a writing prompt every week or so on our Facebook page to get your creative juices flowing (search: “Gettin’ Gritty, Inner City”). 

Also, there will is a new workshop series, Expressive Arts, starting up Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. To 8 p.m. at Boyle Street Plaza (9538 103 Avenue) where we’ll be doing regular segments on poetry, prose, spoken word, group creation, and narrative. The workshops are free to attend, and organized as drop in style sessions with coffee, conversation, and creativity galore!

For more information please contact (780) 424-2870.

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