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The 2021 Judge for the Diana Brebner Prize will be…

Sheniz Janmohamed!

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The Diana Breb­ner Prize is awarded yearly for the best poem writ­ten by a National Cap­i­tal Region poet who has not yet been pub­lished in book form. The prize hon­ours the late Diana Breb­ner, an award-winning Ottawa-based poet who was devoted to fos­ter­ing lit­er­ary tal­ent among new, local writers.

This year, Sheniz Janmohamed is joining Arc Poetry Magazine to help us celebrate emerging poets through this prize.

 

Sheniz Janmohamed (MFA) is a firm believer in fostering community through collaboration, compassion and creativity. In her own practice, she strives to embody words through performance, land art and writing in the ghazal form. A poet, artist educator and land artist, Sheniz has performed her work in venues across the world, including the Jaipur Literature Festival, Alliance Française de Nairobi and the Aga Khan Museum.

Sheniz is also the author of two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010) and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014), both of which have been taught at the University of Toronto. Her writing has been published in a variety of publications, including Quill & Quire, CV2, Arc Poetry Magazine and Canadian Literature.

Sheniz visits dozens of schools and community organisations each year to teach, perform, and inspire creativity in students and seniors. She is the recipient of the Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming Creative Teaching Scholarship, and holds a Artist Educator Mentor certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).

Sheniz is also the founder of Questions for Ancestors, a blog that features BIPOC artists who ask questions of their ancestors and provide advice for their descendants.

Her third collection of poetry, Reminders on the Path (2021), is forthcoming with Mawenzi House.

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Entries can be submitted by email or mail; mailed entries will not be returned. Emailed entries should have “Diana Brebner Prize” in the subject line and can be sent to: brebner@arcpoetry.ca. Mailed entries should be sent to:

Diana Brebner Prize
Arc Poetry Magazine
PO Box 81060
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1P 1B1

Contest entry fees may be paid online or by cheque or money order mailed with your hard copy contest submissions. If the entry fee is paid online, please include the transaction ID on a separate sheet or in the body of the submission email. Link to pay your entry fee through PayPal.

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2021 Diana Breb­ner Prize Guide­lines:

    • Deadline: September 3, 2021
    • Prize: $500
    • The contest is open to authors who have had their principal home and actual residence in the National Capital Region for at least 6 months immediately prior to the date of submission, and who have not yet pub­lished their poetry in book form. Proof of residency may be required.
    • Entry fee is $25.00 for one or two poems, and includes a one-year subscription to Arc.
    • Eligible entries must not exceed 30 lines each (including spaces).
    • No simul­ta­ne­ous sub­mis­sions or pre­vi­ously pub­lished poems will be accepted.
    • Entrant’s name, address, e-mail and phone number must not appear on the poems, but instead on a separate sheet or in the body of the submission email, which should also list the titles of all poems entered.
    • Entrants’ information is concealed from the judge during deliberations.

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Accessibility:

If the submission fee is prohibitive to your entry in this contest, we are offering a select number of free entries. These free entries are meant to open the contest up to those who need financial assistance, but we will not be giving free entries a one-year subscription to the magazine. For more information please send queries to managingeditor@arcpoetry.ca

 

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You can indicate you do not wish for your information to be shared by including a note in the body of your submission email or on the separate page with your name, address, email and phone number, if you are submitting by mail.

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