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Call for Submissions: Words in Motion

Words In Motion is a literacy program run by the Wood Buffalo Regional Library 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 and submit your original poetry.


An external panel of judges will select the poems to be published in the 2024 Words in Motion Poetry Booklet. Authors of the selected poems will be invited to participate in a celebration event. Poems must be submitted by February 16. 


Judging will be done in three categories:

  • Ages 12 and under
  • Ages 13-17
  • Ages 18+

30 poems will be selected to be published in the 2024 Words in Motion Poetry Booklet, with the top 3 poems walking away with a cash prize (1-$150, 2- $100, 3 – $50).



  • Previously published poems will not be accepted.
  • 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.
  • Poem selection will be based on originality, appropriateness, poetic techniques, organization & flow, emotion, image & imagination.


Get those words a-flowing and submit your entries online.