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Words In Motion is a literacy program that promotes an appreciation for the art of poetry. It is open to everyone living in the Wood Buffalo region. Whether you are a student, a professional writer, or a novice wordsmith, you are encouraged to participate.

An external panel of judges will select the poems to be displayed in WBRL. Authors of the selected poems will be invited to participate in a celebration event and have their poem printed in the 2019 WIM Poetry Booklet. Poems must be submitted by February 15. 

Submission Criteria

  • Public: Anyone currently living within the RMWB can participate.
  • High School (Grades 7-12): Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. Include the student’s name, school name, and grade level in each submission. Student’s addresses and emails can be excluded as the teacher will become the contact. 
  • Elementary School (Grades 1-6): Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. Include the student’s name, school name, and grade level in each submission. Student’s addresses and emails can be excluded as the teacher will become the contact. 

Guidelines

  • Poem submissions must be in Microsoft Word or PDF in black font (Calibri or Times New Roman) and sent via email to community.services@wbrl.ca with the title of the poem, the writer’s full name, address, and email address. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate that in your submission.
  • Maximum of three entries per person.
  • Previously published poems will not be accepted.
  • Poems can be of any theme, form or language. If submit a poem in another language, please also include the English translation.
  • Class poems (i.e poems collectively created by a classroom with guidance from the teacher) are allowed. However, class assignments with teachers setting up a ‘formula’ for students to fill in will be disqualified
  • Students who do not wish to have their poems selected by their teacher can participate through the Public category, however, please do not submit the same poem through multiple categories.
  • Poem selection will be judged based on originality, appropriateness, poetic techniques, organization and flow, emotion, image and imagination.

How to Make a Submission (Deadline is February 15)

  • Public: Submissions can be made by emailing community.services@wbrl.ca 
  • High School (Grades 7-12): Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. Include the student's name, school name, and grade level in each submission. Student's addresses and emails can be excluded as the teacher will become the contact. 
  • Elementary School (Grades 1-6):  Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. Include the student's name, school name, and grade level in each submission. Student's addresses and emails can be excluded as the teacher will become the contact.