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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. Poems must be submitted by February 17. 

Submission Criteria

  • Public: Anyone currently living within the RMWB can participate.
  • High School (Grades 7-12): Students at any Junior High School or High School within the RMWB can participate. 
  • Elementary School (Grades 1-6): Students at any Elementary School within the RMWB can participate. 

Guidelines

  • Previously published poems will not be accepted. 
  • Maximum of three entries per person. 
  • There is not a maximum number of lines for a single poem. 
  • Submissions should be typed in a Word Document with text only. Do not include images or pictures. 
  • Title of the poem, writer's full name, address and email address must be included in each poem submission. Please indicate whether you would prefer to be "anonymous" or use a nickname. 
  • A full address with postal code is required so that we can identify which community you currently reside to ensure eligibility to enter the program. Applicants' address information is confidential and will not be shared or published externally. Email address are required to inform you of the selection result and invite you to the celebration event if your poem is selected. It will not be published. 
  • Poems can be of any theme or form, and can be written in any language. If you are submitting a poem in a language other than English, you must also submit an English translation of the poem.
  • Class poems (ie. poems collectively created by the whole class with teacher's guidance) are allowed. However, class assignments with teachers setting up a "formula" for students to fill in will be disqualified. 
  • Poem selection will be based on originality, appropriateness, poetic techniques, organization & flow, emotion, image & imagination. 

How to Make a Submission (Deadline is February 17)

  • 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. 

Poetry Workshop for Teens (12-18)

Poetry Workshop for Adults (18+)