Mini 2-Day Contest Winner (Part 3!!)

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the latest Mini 2-Day Poem Contest!

Jade Liu is the winner with her poem “What We Bear,” written using the words “Pith,” “Ensorcelled,” and “Peristeronic.” You can read the poem below!

Congrats to Jade and thank you to everyone who participated! We hope you had fun, and that you feel proud of the poems you wrote using some of our favourite words from previous 2-Day Contests.

If you missed the game, don’t fret! The 2-Day Poem Contest is taking place April 20-21. Check out #2DayContest2024 to follow along!

 

WHAT WE BEAR

The morning I learn papaya is a natural abortive
I take the one marinating on my kitchen counter

for a walk. We slip through the veil of resuscitating trees,
agile past nuclear families that crowd for cheek-to-cheek photos

around bushes of newly budded blooms. My papaya and I
search for our home among the grass, which at this point

is more peristeronic fertilizer than green, remnants
of lives before and before. On them, I sit. Dig my spoon

into the tender body of my friend, scrape to the pith,
pour pink flesh into my mouth. As voices chatter over my head

I imagine the mouthful falling inside me. I imagine the enzymes
tingling, doing some thing of science that has ensorcelled and made lunatics

of men for centuries. It is sweet.
And when I finish the fruit,

my lips and fingers sticky with juice,
I drop two pearl-black seeds into dirt

not warm, not rich enough to sustain their hope.
In this earth, I bury them anyway.

Mini 2-Day Contest Winner! (Part 2)

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the latest Mini 2-Day Poem Contest!

Luke Nguyen is our winner, for “I Pig, Therefore I Ham?,” written using the words “ham,” “putative,” and “scrubby.” You can read the poem below!

Congrats to Luke and thank you to everyone who participated! We hope you had fun, and that you feel proud of the poems you wrote using some of our favourite words from previous 2-Day Contests.

If you missed the game, don’t fret! The final practice round is taking place Saturday, April 6th, and the real fun begins April 19-21, with the 2-Day Poem Contest. There’s still time to register right here!

 

I Pig, Therefore I Ham?

Silent ham ponders,
“Scrubby man’s putative meal?
Am I more than Spam?”

Mini 2-Day Contest Winner!

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the Mini 2-Day Poem Contest that we played on Saturday!

Laura Hebert is our winner, for “the prospect of healing,” written using the words “furuncle,” “hinky,” and “foundling.” You can read Laura’s poem below.

Congrats to Laura and thank you to everyone who participated! We hope you had fun, and that you feel proud of the poems you wrote using some of our favourite words from previous 2-Day Contests.

And if you missed the game, don’t fret! The next practice round is taking place this Saturday, March 16 from 12-6, and the real fun begins April 19-21, with the 2-Day Poem Contest itself. There’s still time to register right here!

 

the prospect of healing

one evening in February he breaks my heart.

in a third session over Zoom, she simplifies it
to attachment. I am learning that my gut is hinky

and my memory askew. this circling, a daily excoriation
of my own skin, making larger this
ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ the abscess, the furuncle
the ragged scar.

this afternoon I try to see myself as a foundling:
though aphantasic and faint, imagine a homecoming

something gentle                frail in my open hands.

tonight I will sleep alone again. I will listen for coyotes
and the quick softness of my own breath. I will dream
of chamomile and a coming spring.

Register Now For The 2-Day Poem Contest!

Registration for the 2024 CV2 2-Day Poem Contest is now open!

This annual contest challenges you to write an original poem in 48 hours — with only one catch. The final poem must include ten words that we provide. These words are released at midnight CDT on Friday, April 19th, 2024 (when Friday becomes Saturday), leaving you 48 hours to use each of them at least once in an original poetry composition. Prizes include cash, publication, and a copy of the issue containing the winners, not to mention a whole weekend of wordy entertainment.

Click here to sign up for the contest and start preparing for 48 hours of fun! This batch of words is promising to be the wildest yet!

2 Days. 10 words. 1 poem. Get on it!

Foster Poetry Prize Winners!

Announcing the Winners of the 2023 Foster Poetry Prize!

Huge congratulations to Sasha Pickering, whose poem “Fundament” was selected by judge Emily Riddle as the Grand Prize winner! Sasha will receive $1000 in prize money, and her poem will appear in the upcoming spring 2024 issue of CV2!

Big congratulations, also, to Cicely Grace, Henry Heavyshield, and Gwen Aube, winners of the second place, third place, and honourable mention prizes, respectively. Cicely, Henry, and Gwen will each receive cash prizes as well, and their poems will also appear in the spring issue!

Read on to hear what Emily had to say about the judging process and the winning poems –

“While ruminating on the shortlist for the Foster Poetry Prize, I regained a faith in the ability of poetry to balm wounds, challenge our current world order, and chronicle the strange/wonderful timeline we inhabit. I feel inspired to return to my own poetry practice.

The First Place Winner, Sasha Pickering’s “Fundament”, had so many gut punching lines that stuck with beyond reading through this list of poems. This poem is propulsive, skilled, and witty. This poem reminded me of the delicious tension of being both sovereign in our individualities and wholly bled into one another. I will think about the ending line “Don’t expect too much of me, you say, to which I reply I only expect the world” for a long time.

Cicely Williams, the second place winner, immediately had my attention with their brilliant prose poem “Buying a Pregnancy Test in October or Schrodinger’s Fetus.” As someone who grew up in a hair salon, I love the contrast between the everyday mission of adornment contrasted with the contemplation of a more permanent decision. The writer asks us to consider whether the poem itself cares. The poem itself is a character in this story. I would like to keep reading and I will think about what my poems themselves think.”

The third-place winner, Henry Heavyshield, wrote a prairie epic in a poem, which is not an easy task. I found myself entranced by the language and rhythm in “winter counting, an honour song for prairie allies.” The poet takes us on a journey through familiar prairies scenes and situations, with masterful use of language, including a bit of Blackfoot.

I chose “raised by wolves” by Gwen Aube as the honorable mention poem. At first, I was completely enamored that I was reading a poem that mentioned Neopets and Inuyasha. After a full read through, I was enamored by this poet’s ability to host us within this world of nostalgia and honesty.

I am so glad I was able to spend some time with each of these poems. I look forward to seeing these poets flourish beyond this contest, as the world is giving us much to write to/for currently. It was a pleasure to be the 2023 Foster Poetry Prize Judge.”

– Emily Riddle

CV2 Holiday Wine Raffle Winners!

We’re thrilled to announce the lucky winners of the CV2 Holiday Wine Raffle!

🥇 Grand Prize (15 Bottles): Kathy Block
🥈 Second Prize (10 Bottles): Lindsay Thomas
🥉 Third Prize (5 Bottles): Lindsey Childs

A huge congratulations to our winners! We hope you enjoy your delightful wine haul.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle. Your generosity helps us continue supporting authors, workshops, and more. Stay tuned for more exciting events and chances to engage with the CV2 community.

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CV2 Holiday Wine Raffle!

Kick off your holiday season by entering the CV2 Holiday Wine Raffle! We’re giving away a total of 30 bottles of wine, with a retail value of over $600, to three lucky winners.

But it’s not just about the prizes; your contribution makes a meaningful difference by supporting our authors, cover artists, workshops, and the people who keep CV2 running smoothly.

Prizes include a Grand Prize of 15 bottles, a Second Prize of 10 bottles, and a Third Prize of 5 bottles. 

You can purchase raffle tickets online, with options of 1 for $2.00, 10 for $15.00, or 15 for $20.00.

Purchase Tickets Here

Make sure to get your ticket before December 21, 2023, at 11:59 PM CST, and the winners will be drawn on December 22, 2023, at 12:00 PM CST. 

Note that participants must be 18 or older to enter. License Number: LGCA 5913-RF-42147

Foster Poetry Prize Deadline Extension

 

You know how we all pretend there’s not going to be an encore after a musical performance, but we all know that there will be?…

You knew it was coming: we’re extending the deadline to submit to the 2023 Foster Poetry Prize!

Listen – we’re poets! We all procrastinate! It’s ok! And now you have a whole extra week to procrastinate some more. But AFTER THAT it’s really time to finalize those poems, save those documents, and send your best work our way. No double encores here! Gotta submit by Nov 8th for your chance to have your work judged by the great Emily Riddle and win $1000 and publication in CV2.

The Foster Poetry Prize is a writing contest for emerging poets. The prize is awarded to the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1000 and publication in CV2. Three honourable mentions are also awarded, each with a cash prize and publication in CV2. Participating poets can be any age, but must not have previously published a full-length book of poetry (chapbooks are fine). All entrants must be willing to provide proof of their publication history if requested.

Click here for the full guidelines.

Fall Issue Launch

ID: Text graphic with a reddish brown background, an image of the Fall 2024 Issue of CV2, and the following text in a white font. Text: Fall Issue Launch. Featuring readings by: Sanna Wani, Samantha Martin-Bird, Hoa Nguyen, Amy LeBlanc, Alexander Hollenberg, Julian Day. Wednesday, Oct 25th. On Zoom / Free to Attend / Registration Required. 5pm Pacific / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern

Join us next Wednesday, Oct 25, on Zoom, as we launch our Fall issue!

With readings from contributors Sanna Wani, Samantha Martin-Bird, Hoa Nguyen, Amy LeBlanc, Alexander Hollenberg & Julian Day, you’re not going to want to miss it!

Click here to register.
We prioritize making our events as accessible as possible. This event is free to attend, and will feature live ASL interpretation, closed captioning, and access texts. If you would like to attend and have access needs we should accommodate, please let us know!