Poetry Award Guidelines

Next deadline: July 15, 2023

Submissions open in spring. Annual deadline is July 15.


1. Submit 1-3 poems, up to 6 pages of poetry. The entry fee covers 3 poems.
2. Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published. Begin each poem on a new page, use 12-point font, and single spacing.
3. First prize is $750 and one finalist will be awarded $250. Poems will be published in Vallum magazine and on Vallum’s website. Honourable mentions may be selected and published, but are not eligible for cash prizes.
4. You may submit more than once.
5. Cover letters and poems must be submitted as two separate documents. The document with your poems should not include any autobiographical information, as this contest is judged blind.

Past Winners

Winner: $750 + Publication
Finalists: $250 + Publication


$25 for Canadian entrants, $30 for U.S. and international entrants. Payments are processed through our Submittable account. Each entry fee includes a free one-year digital subscription to Vallum!

If you are in a financial position where paying the entry fee poses a difficulty, please email us at submission@vallummag.com for details about how to submit. 

We do not accept submissions via mail.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please email  submission@vallummag.com.


Next Deadline: July 15, 2023



The editors at Vallum strongly encourage Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers, LGBTQI2S+ writers, writers with mental or physical illnesses, and writers who are otherwise affected by structural inequality to submit their work for consideration.