2021 2-Day Poem Contest Winners

The results are in and we’re so thrilled to share the winners of CV2’s 2021 2-Day Poem Contest!

Our judge this year was Halle Gulbrandsen (who won first place in the 2020 contest) and the ten words for 2021 were: palm, embank, sheer, wrest, lacuna, whizzed, runny, mustard, balter, and nubivagant.

Without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s 2-Day Poem Contest:

First Place: “In the future you are still here” by Hailey Siracky
Second Place: “a basement birthday party in manitoba, 2006” by Roshni Riar
Third Place: “Untraveled Orbits” by Krishnakumar Sankaran
Editor’s Choice: “undone” by Kari Teicher
Editor’s Mom’s Choice: “Gloss” by David Epstein
People’s Choice: “Jujubes” by Sepideh Soltaninia

Thank you to all those who participated this year, to Halle Gulbrandsen for judging the contest, and to everyone who voted for People’s Choice. An extra special thank you goes out to Charlie Peters, the wonderful mom who selected Editor’s Mom’s Choice!

The winning poems will be published in our Fall 2021 issue and on our website soon.

The 2-Day Poem Contest will be held again in April 2022, and you can find more information about the contest here. See you next year!

“Black Alive & Looking Back at You” Launch

Join us this Thursday, July 22 at 7pm CT for the Zoom launch of our summer issue, Black Alive & Looking Back at You!

You’ll hear from our brilliant guest editors, Chimwemwe Undi and Leslie Joy Ahenda, as well as some of the contributors to this special issue.

This Zoom event will require registration in order to attend. You can find the link to register for the event below, as well as on our social media pages. If you have any trouble registering please email us at submissions@contemporaryverse2.ca

*Registration closed*

People’s Choice — 2021 2-Day Poem Contest

Before we can announce the winners of this year’s 2-Day Poem Contest, we need your help determining who will win People’s Choice! Here you can read all six poems that are finalists for the award. Simply click on the links to open the poems in PDF format, and vote for your favourite below! Voting will remain open until 11:59pm CT on Friday, July 23rd and all winners will be announced on Monday, July 26th.

*Voting for People’s Choice is now closed*

Announcement — 2021 Contest Judge

We’re so excited to announce that Jónína Kirton will be our judge for this year’s contest formerly known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize! Read on to learn more about Jónína, and don’t forget to send us your suggestions for the contest’s new name by Monday, June 28th. Information about changes to the contest and details on how to submit a suggestion can be found here.

Jónína Kirton is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet and a graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio where she is their BIPOC Auntie supporting and mentoring BIPOC students. A late-blooming poet, she was sixty-one when she received the 2016 City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category.

Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, was released with Talonbooks in 2015. Joanne Arnott described this collection as “restorative, intimate poetry, drawing down ancestral ideas into the current moment’s breath.” Her second collection, An Honest Woman, was released in 2017, again with Talonbooks. It was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Betsy Warland had this to say about An Honest Woman: “Kirton picks over how she was raised familially and culturally like a crime scene.” Her third book, a poetic memoir, Standing in the River of Time, will be released in 2022 with Talonbooks.

The Contest Formerly Known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize

Over the past few months, we at CV2 have been listening to the vital conversations happening within the literary community about the importance of removing age restrictions from contests and awards for emerging writers. These age restrictions ignore the fact that emerging poets of all ages deserve the same support and enthusiasm from the community at large, and we’re grateful to those who have raised concerns around this issue publicly. 

With all of this in mind, we’re pleased to announce that the contest formerly known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize will no longer be restricted to those 35 years of age and younger, and will now be open to emerging writers of any age who have not yet published a full-length book of poetry.

We will also be renaming the contest, and for this we’d like to request your help. Community input is vital to what we do at CV2, and we’d like the contest’s new name to reflect this by opening up its naming to all of you.

We’re looking for a name that reflects the contest’s focus on emerging writers, and which will resonate with writers for years to come. Please email your suggestions to submissions@contemporaryverse2.ca with the subject line “Contest Name” by Monday, June 28th. If we select your suggestion as the new name for the contest, we will acknowledge your contribution when we announce the new name and will gift you a one-year subscription to CV2 as a token of our thanks.

We’d like to thank you all again for your engagement and support. We’re sincerely grateful to have the opportunity to continue to improve and are committed to continuing to do so. 

Nomination – Manitoba Magazine of the Year

In wonderful news, CV2 is a finalist for the Manitoba Magazine of the Year Award from the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. This award recognizes efforts on the part of the entire team and is awarded to the magazine that most consistently engages and serves the needs of its readers in the Manitoba Magazine of the Year category.

The issue that has been nominated is our Fall 2020 edition, Hope or Do We Have One: Poetry for Uncertain Times. Special thanks to artist Jaime Black for the stunning cover image, to Ashley Au (our Production & Design Coordinator) for the incredible design work, and to all of the contributors who made this issue so special!

The winner of this award will be announced during the Awards Gala of the 2021 Alberta Magazines Conference. Registration for the Awards Gala is free — register via this link! The gala will take place at 5:00 pm MDT (6:00 pm CST) on Thursday, June 3rd.

CV2 Coffee House Fundraiser

CV2 is pleased to invite you to a Coffee House and Fundraiser, held via Zoom at 7:00pm on April 30th, 2021.

Clarise Foster, our beloved managing editor of the past 20 years, is retiring at the end of June. Our Spring 2021 edition, “The Clarise Issue,” is dedicated to her. We want you to be part of our story and join us to celebrate the launch of this special issue on April 30th, 2021 at our virtual coffee house fundraiser! Performances will include readings from Catherine Hunter, Jennifer Still, Lori Cayer, Katherena Vermette, and our very own Clarise Foster! Additionally, there will be a raffle with the opportunity to win one of five prize packs. Raffle tickets are on sale now at the link below.

Attendance for the event is completely free, and we would be thrilled to have you there.

Purchase raffle tickets here. Raffle is open to Manitoba residents only. 

Please contact cv2.fundraisers@gmail.com for Zoom link. 

If you are not able to attend, but would still like to donate, you can do so here. Donations of $5.00 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt and you will be (with your permission) listed in CV2 as a donor.

Event Program

Thank you to our incredibly generous donors:
Allison Bruckshaw
Arc Poetry
At Bay Press
Border Crossings
Great Plains Publications
Halley Ritter
Hilary Druxman
Janine Brown
Jordan Van Sewell Gallery
Kenaston Wine Market
McNally Robinson
Michael Hill
Peasant Cookery
Plant Lab Botanical Design
Portage & Main Press
Prairie Fire
Red River Book Store
Sara Grimes
Silver Lotus
The Polka Dot Porch
Three 6 Tea
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Wolsak & Wynn
& our donors who wish to remain anonymous

2020 Young Buck Poetry Prize Winner

We are so pleased to share the winner and honourable mentions of the 2020 Young Buck Poetry Prize, as selected by judge Terese Mason Pierre! Amal Nura will be awarded $1000 and publication in CV2 for her winning poem, “fiera,” while our four honourable mentions will be awarded $150 each and publication in CV2 as well. Many thanks, once again, to Terese for all her hard work, and congratulations to these fine poets!

Young Buck Poetry Prize 2020


“fiera” by Amal Nura

Honourable Mentions 

“How to grow fennel” by Evan J

“If not trees” by Carolyn Nakagawa

“Tether” by Tharuna Abbu

“Try this game at home” by Joshua Wales

2020 Young Buck Poetry Prize Shortlist

We’re thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Young Buck Poetry Prize, as selected by our wonderful judge, Terese Mason Pierre. Many thanks to Terese for all her hard work as our judge this year, and congratulations to these talented poets! Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner and four honourable mentions!

Young Buck Poetry Prize 2020 Shortlist

“Tether” by Tharuna Abbu

“At the Birling Gap” by Faith Daza

“discohexaster” by Miles Forrester

“Conflagration” by Sarah Fredericks

“fiera” by Amal Nura

“Domestic Animals” by Farah Ghafoor

“How to grow fennel” by Evan J

“If not trees” by Carolyn Nakagawa

“Try this game at home” by Joshua Wales

“Memory is sleeping” by Sanna Wani