Submit a Poem

Submissions Closed on July 7

1. Current Theme

Submissions are currently closed. The 2022 theme for Poetry in Motion was water.

This theme was open to broad interpretation. Submitted poems may address fresh or salt water, water protection, water as livelihood or life, the element or natural force of water, fluidity or adaptability, erosion or sedimentation, or other meanings, qualities, or impacts of water.

2. Eligibility Criteria

To submit a poem to Poetry in Motion, entrants must meet the following criteria.

  • You must be 16 years of age or older.
  • You must be a permanent resident of Nova Scotia (i.e., you have lived in Nova Scotia full-time since the September 1 immediately prior to the submission deadline date, and you file your taxes here). Out-of-province college/university students and seasonal residents are ineligible.
  • You must submit only one entry per contest period.

3. Submission Requirements

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm on the contest deadline posted above; must be submitted electronically; and must contain all components listed below. Late, non-digital, or incomplete submissions will be rejected as ineligible.

1. Complete online submission form containing the following:

  • Your name, email address, county of residence, and phone number where you may be reached during business hours.
  • A short biographical note.
  • Confirmation that you meet all eligibility criteria, including that (1) you are 16 years of age or older, (2) you are a permanent resident of Nova Scotia, and (3) the attached poem is your sole submission this year.
  • The title and line count of the attached poem.

2. Poem (published or unpublished) of 10 lines or fewer (including stanza breaks and other blank lines):

  • The poem must be in Times New Roman or Arial 12-point font; must use the A4 (8.5″x11″) page size with a minimum 1-inch margin on all sides; and must be in .doc/.docx or .pdf format.
  • The file name must use the following format: YourName_Title.pdf, where “YourName” is your full name and “Title” is the title of your poem.

Submissions Closed on July 7

Poetry in Motion Submission Form
(2022 Theme: Water)

Include stanza breaks and other blank lines in this total. Your title does not count as a line.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Upload your poem as a DOC or PDF file.
Please use PDF format if your poem relies on precise spacing of words. You can convert a DOC file to a PDF file for free at
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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, participant-to-participant) feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at