The Foster Poetry Prize

The 2022 Foster Poetry Prize is now open for submissions!

Formerly known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize, the Foster Poetry Prize is a writing contest for emerging poets of any age. 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 published a full-length book of poetry (chapbooks are fine). All entrants must be willing to provide proof of their publication history if requested.

Early Bird Deadline: Enter by September 1st and submit an extra poem at no additional charge.

Deadline for all contest entries: November 1st, 2022 at 11:59pm central time.

Click here to submit!

The winner of the 2021 Foster Poetry Prize:

First place and $1000 grand prize winner — “Moving, Again” by Yilin Wang

Honourable mentions go to:

Rebecca Faulkner for “Brighton Beach”

Sneha Subramanian Kanta for “Witness”

Lucy Yang for “Spilled Water”

The winner of the 2020 Young Buck Poetry Prize:

First place and $1000 grand prize winner — “fiera” by Amal Nura

Honourable mentions go to:

Evan J for “How to grow fennel”

Carolyn Nakagawa for “If not trees”

Tharuna Abbu for “Tether”

Joshua Wales for “Try this game at home”

The winner of the 2019 Young Buck Poetry Prize:

First place and $1000 grand prize winner — “Parallel Volumes” by Jake Byrne

Honourable mentions go to:

Alycia Pirmohamed for “Burial Plot”

Harpreet Kang for “Dad Gave Me Poetry”

Allie Duff for “Necessary Sins”

Natasha Ramoutar for “Atlas of a Lost World”

The winner of the 2018 Young Buck Poetry Prize:

First place and $1000 grand prize winner – “Garbage Takeout” by Joseph Kidney

Honourable mentions go to:

Chelsea Comeau for “BECAUSE YOU KNOW BIRDS’ MOUTHS ARE CLEAN”

David Janzen for “Mariposa (for Greg Curnoe)”

David Janzen for “One Year Old”

The winner of the 2017 Young Buck Poetry Prize:

First place and $1000 grand prize winner — “Crystals” by Ellie Sawatzky

Honourable mentions go to:

“A Boat Is Not the Whole World” by Sarah Ens

“Glassblowing” by Emily Osborne

“Reconnaissance” by Andy Verboom

The prize-winning poems will appear in our Summer 2018 issue. Thank you to our wonderful judge Michael Prior and to everyone who submitted their work!

The winner of the 2016 Young Buck Poetry Prize:

First place and $1000 grand prize winner —“Not Yet In Season” by Mallory Tater

Honourable mentions go to:

Dominique Bernier-Cormier for “Camping at Fort Stevens”

Jessica Bebenek for “Hic lacet Sepultus”

The prize-winning poems will appear in our Summer 2017 issue. Thank you to our wonderful judge George Murray and to everyone who submitted their work!

The winner of the 2015 Young Buck Poetry Prize of $1000 is:

Doyali Islam

Honourable mentions go to:

Mallory Tater

Joel Vaughan

Dominique Bernier-Cormier

The prize-winning poems will appear in our Summer 2016 issue. Thank you to our wonderful judge Sara Peters and to everyone who submitted their work!

The winner of the 2014 Young Buck Poetry Prize of $1000 is:

Ruth Daniell for “Fire and Safety”

Honourable mentions go to:

Michelle Brown for “On Forgiving Myself for Not Becoming Famous”

Rebecca Salazar for “Bogotá, 1948”

Carter Vance for “The Way It Ends Up”

The judge also wanted to distinguish:

Steven Slowka for “Eastern Cougar”

Claire Kelly for “As if you steeped and drank these streets”

The winner of the 2013 Young Buck Poetry Prize of $1000 is:

Pamela Mosher for “Buoyancy”

Honourable mentions go to:

Emily McGiffin for “Accessory”

Trevor Graumann for “balsam”

Ruth Daniell for “Rapunzel”