November 1st to 3rd | 2019

A Words Aloud Contest!

Words Aloud is inviting poets to sharpen their quills and take part in a summer poetry contest, to be held in conjunction with two new festival sponsors, Coffin Ridge Winery and Dreamers Creative Writing. The deadline is July 20, 2019.

There will be three prizes. First prize will include a $50 honorarium, a gift from Coffin Ridge Winery, and a complimentary festival pass. Second and third prizes will include a $25 honorarium. All three winners will be published on the Words Aloud website, Winners must be available to read their works at the Coffin Ridge Winery fundraiser on August 30, 2019, where their names will be revealed to the public.

Please follow the link below to our Submittable form or contact for additional contest details

This Year's Team:

2019 WORDS ALOUD SPONSOR ORGANIZATION: Words Aloud 16 is grateful to have The Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library as a sponsor for purposes of funding applications and financial donations. We are also thrilled to still call the Durham Art Gallery our home, where we have had the pleasure of partaking in many special moments. Words Aloud would not have succeeded into our 16th year without the Gallery’s support and we are thankful, especially this year, for the relationship we have been so fortunate to share.

Artistic Director: Kaitlyn Neath

Coordinator: Ann Hagedorn

Festival Coordinator: Laura Blaney

Secretary/Treasurer: Yvonne Pelletier

Publicity Coordinator: Kiri MacIntyre-Newell

Advistory Committee:
Hazel Smith, Terry Burns, Liz Zetlin, Richard Sitoski,
Mary Little, Lauren Best

Past Artistic Director & Committee Advisors:
Dawna Proudman, Diane Ferguson

For more information about our team, visit here: Team Page


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