Annually the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) Public Art Committee invites writers to submit original, unpublished poems for the Poet’s Pause poetry competition.
The poems are displayed at the two Poet's Pause sculpture sites in Alta Lake Park: the large metal chimes art piece titled "Lost in Sound" at the north part of the park and the giant Adirondack chairs titled "Lakeside Couple" at the south end of the park.
Poet's Pause is part of a public art concept created by the late Joan Baron, an artist who developed the two Alta Lake Park sculpture sites with the intention of inspiring creativity.
Call for submissions: 2021 poetry competition
The public can submit poems for one or both display sites. Poems should respond to the themes of the two sculpture sites: the theme for the large metal chimes is listening, and the theme for the giant Adirondack chairs is togetherness. Poems can be of any type and format and should be no longer than 240 words.
The winning poems will receive a prize of $200 each and be read at a council meeting in April as part of National Poetry Month.
The deadline for entries is Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 3 p.m.
2021 poetry competition status
The call for 2021 poetry submissions is now closed.
The selected winner(s) will have the opportunity to read their poems at the August council meeting if they wish to do so.
For more information: 2021 Poet's Pause Poetry Competition Terms of Reference
- 2020 Winning Poems
- 2020 Meet me at the Lake - video
- 2020 The Eve of Destruction: December 26, 1980 - video
- 2019 Winning Poems
- 2018 Winning Poems