Manitoba Interlake Grain of Sand Poetry Contest

Deadline April 26 2 pm, at the Interlake Gimli Klean-All Laundromat

April is poetry month in North America. The League of Canadian Poets has chosen “Time” as Canada’s theme celebrating our 150th year since confederation. Considering the Interlake beaches (they’re under the snow and ice somewhere), A Grain of Sand has been adopted for the name of this year’s contest. Let’s see if it sticks!Beach hourglass2mages

The great English poet William Blake wrote “To see the World in a Gain of Sand,/and Heaven in a Wild Flower,/Hold Infinity in the palm of your Hand, and Eternity in an hour.” Groucho Marx centuries later opined “Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.” Whatever your take on the theme send your poem of four lines up to forty to be judged by the Klean-All poet, Victor Enns. He will award this year’s unique prize of an engraved hourglass and bragging rights for all of 2017 , on Sunday April 30th at the Ship and Plough open mic and poetry slam. If the judges chooses,there may be a “read-off, and a true competitive slam. This contest is open all ages, though separate prizes will also be awarded for students.

Contestants with Interlake addresses are given priority, though a prize will be given to the entry by a contestant with the most interesting and tenuous connection to the Interlake and/or Lake Winnipeg.

Robins Donuts will be the Sunday, April 30th afternoon venue for students to read their work, or have their work read though they must be present. Student prizes will be awarded at this time.

Laundry repeats as an annual theme, as the Interlake Gimli Klean-All Laundromat is home to poetry and dirty laundry. Let us not forget the power of cleanliness to wash away alternative truths, and the smell of clean laundry, which reminds us that cleanliness is next to poetry; fiction is next to politics! Anyone can enter*, the prize is a roll of loonies up to $25.00 to do laundry, thanks to Jane and Les- proprietors of the Klean-All, and the framed exhibition of the winning poem on the wall of the laundromat.

The competition is now open, the deadline is April 26, at 2pm. Entries by email preferred, sent to [email protected], or by mail to P.O. Box 1965, Gimli, MB. R0C 1BO, or handed to the Klean-All Poet while in residence Wednesdays, between 11:00 to 2pm. Because of the quick turn around NO late entries will be accepted.

Nothing will be returned, please send copies of poems only. They must have your name and contact information on every page. And SURPRISE! there is no cost to enter. Get thinking, the clock is ticking. See you in the Klean-All!

Victor Enns

– Klean-All Poet–in-Residence

Thanks to our sponsors; the Manitoba Writers’ Guild, The Ship and Plough, the Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group, and the Klean-All Laundromat. Contact the Klean-All Poet to hear about remaining prize and promo sponsorships!

19 MARCH 2017 ONE NIGHT ONLY!

7:30 Sunday TONIGHT !!!!!!!!

SHIP & PLOUGH

40 Centre Street, Gimli, MB

FREE FALL OPEN OPEN MIC
THIS IS OUR ANNUAL OPEN NO THEME THEME NIGHT

COME TO LISTEN, TO READ, TO SPEAK, TO CHANT, TO TELL A STORY, TO SING

KEEP IT OPEN!

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THERE WILL BE CONTESTS AND PRIZES INCLUDING
TWO VOUCHERS PROVIDED BY THE THIN AIR WRITERS’ FESTIVAL IN WINNIPEG

And the ever popular CASH!

Sponsored by the Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group, The Klean-All Poet, and the Ship & Plough

Victor Enns writes poetry, reads,and reviews fiction. Boy (Hagios 2012) was published in May, and Lucky Man, (Hagios 2005) was short-listed for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.

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