Welcome to Young Writers! – About Us

Our division “Young Writers” holds annual poetry/writing contests to encourage the art of poetry and writing for all ages. Our aim among young Canadians is to encourage the writing of English poetry and creative writing, and by publishing examples of the best work received each year. We provide the opportunity for many students to see their work in print, and also to compare it with the work of students of a similar age. It is also important that their writing skill be given an audience where it can be shared and enjoyed by others.

We do not accept all entries, and each individual entry is reviewed by our editorial staff. We have high integrity and value our services/products as well as our writers/poets. Our annual poetry/writing contests are and have always been FREE to enter.

An anthology is published after each contest. This occurs after final judging of poems or stories has taken place and all prizes have been awarded by the editorial committee.

We contribute over $3500.00 worth of free anthologies to schools/libraries each year, and award over $10,000.00 in prizes annually. Over the last two years we have donated over 2100 anthologies to Literacy VictoriaCops for Cancer and the Times Colonist book fair.

This is our 26th year of successfully holding these contests. We are delighted with the positive responses from poets, authors, teachers and parents, and have hundreds of encouraging letters on file praising our efforts.

Poets/authors receive the news of our contests mainly through news releases. These are published as a news article by editors of local newspapers. Or, in the case of schools, used for an English project in the classroom, or posted on the school notice board.

We will continue to provide this wonderful opportunity for all writers and will stand by our accreditation as an honourable company.


TEACHERS: Help inspire and motivate your students by selecting a variety pack of poetry anthologies (from various years) at a special discount price. Please see our teachers’ section for more information.

YOUNG WRITERS: For links on various writing websites, please visit our young writers section.


If you are a young writer and have published works, please let us know. We would love to showcase your work. See our inspiration corner.

As of July 2019, we have published 175+ anthologies in our Young Writers Program.

Special thanks to Scholastic Canada Magazine Division for their support!

 Young Writers is a division of
Institute of Canadian Poetry Inc.
Encouraging writers since 1993

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