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Winning Poems: Please note that the winning submissions have been published in a special issue of Uproar

Carmen Ziolkowski Poetry Prize

Carmen Ziolkowski was a beloved Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, poet born near Naples, Italy. In her spirit, The Lawrence House Literary Arts Committee is seeking well-crafted poetry that is heartfelt, nature-based, and hopeful for this first Poetry Prize in her honour. Special thanks to Carmen’s family for their first-prize donation.


First prize, $500; Second prize, $250; Third prize, $100; and selected Honourable Mentions. All prizes in Canadian dollars.


This contest is open to everyone.

Submission Criteria

Up to three poems in English of up to 40 lines each. Poems must be previously unpublished.


Sunday, March 20, 2022

Entry Fee

Ten dollars ($10) Canadian, five dollars ($5) Canadian for members of The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts.


Blind judging. Carmen’s friends and fellow writers Ryan Gibbs, Rhonda Melanson, and Lois Nantais will serve as judges.


Winners will be contacted by email. Their works will be featured in a special issue of the Uproar Literary Blog in April.

For more information, please contact The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts at

How to Submit

You may enter up to 3 poems by completing and submitting the form below.

Please pay for your submission using the appropriate button below the form and then check out from our Shopify store.

If you are not already a member of The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts and wish to purchase a membership, you may also do that below.  To learn more about membership, please visit our page Become a Member.

Carmen Ziolkowski Poetry Prize Submission Form
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