Each year the League of Canadian Poets sponsors the prestigious National Poetry Contest. From the thousands of entries received, the judges choose three prize winners and a list of honourable mentions. The annual anthology publishes the finest poetry of the year.
First prize winner is Susan M. Stenson of Victoria, BC, for her poem "When You Say Infidelity." Second prize winner is Peter Richardson of Morin Heights, Quebec, for "Dig." Third prize winner is Brent MacLaine of Charlottetown, PEI, for "Southward to Kissimmee." Other well known poets include Bert Almon, Antonia Banyard, Diane Brebner, Cathy Ford and Jay Ruzesky. Also included are the winners of the 1999 special competition for Canadian elementary and secondary school students.
Vintage 1999 is an ideal introduction to the vitality and diversity of the Canadian poetry community. Previous editions have been adopted widely for use in schools, colleges and universities.
Each year the League of Canadian Poets sponsors the National Poetry Competition and the Youth Poetry Competition. Both have as their aims the encouragement of poetic talent.
The National Poetry Competition has been an annual event ever since its beginning in 1986 and is now one of Canada's most prestigious writing competitions, offering all Canadians a chance to discover their writing abilities. Six well known poets are selected by the League's National Council to judge the contest. Each year the 50 winning poems are gathered into a poetry anthology, Vintage.
The Canadian Youth Poetry Competition comprises two categories: the junior division for students in grades 7 to 9, and the senior division for grades 10 to 12. The judges are established poets who choose the top three poems in each category. These poems are also included in Vintage.