For our second annual OutWrite publication, we are thrilled to showcase the talents of 17 poets and welcome our new Youth Editor, Silke.
Let me share how OutWrite gets published. In the late Winter, we do a call for poetry submissions, they are reviewed by a committee of writers, and then the collection is published the following Fall on our Website. The categories are up to 14, 15 to 17, and 17 to 21. For outstanding submissions in each category, poets are invited to read their poetry at VPS and community events throughout the year. All poets receive an honorarium, reviewer notes when they’re available, and a publication certificate.
The poems in this year’s collection are impactful and enjoyable for all ages. They are an extraordinary survey of themes important to our families and communities. In fact, new this year, the poems are organized by theme: Love, Experiences, Metaphorical, and Inspiration. group is indicated using a colour code.
We encourage you, the reader, to print the PDF out and share in your homes, your schools, and your organizations. Share the electronic version in your networks as well.
Lastly, to the youth reading these poems, we hope you find familiar reflections and resonance here. Whether it be through poetry, art, music, or whatever your medium, we wish you inspiration to tell your own stories.
Chair of Victoria Pride Society Youth Initiatives