First Nations Poetry Magazine – Contest


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First Nations Poetry Magazine – Contest

First Nations Poetry Magazine invites invites First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Canadians, Native Americans, and Indigenous people from around the world to participate in the First Nations Poetry Magazine Contest.

This is a Comet Contest. This contest is a reward for First Nations Poetry Magazine currently being a Comet publication.

Published, edited, and designed by Kirk Ramdath in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Nanaimo is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

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Poetry World Cup Qualification
Every poem published in First Nations Poetry Magazine qualifies for entry into the Wax Poetry and Art Poetry World Cup. The most-read poems from eight countries published on the Wax Poetry and Art Network during the calendar year will be chosen to represent their nations.

Contest Submission Guidelines

Please prepare your submission carefully.

You must agree with the terms on this page to submit to this Contest. Your submission will be considered proof of your agreement and as such, no additional contract will be required for publication to proceed.

Submissions are open to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Canadians, Native Americans, and Indigenous people from around the world. Poems on all topics are welcome.

Contest Deadline
Submissions close on Saturday, September 14th, 2024.

Essential details:
– Free to enter.
– First Place will be chosen.
– The winner receives publication and potential future royalties.
– Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.
– You will be informed of the result by November 15th, 2024.

Submissions must include the following four components.

1) Agreement Statement

You must include the following statement with your submission:
"I agree with the submission guidelines for the First Nations Poetry Magazine Contest."

2) Poem

Submit one original, unpublished poem. The poem must be completely the creation of poet submitting the work.

3) Biography

Include a short biography, 75 words maximum. It is not necessary to list more than five previous publications. Long biographies will be truncated at the Editor's discretion. If you have an artist website, Instagram, etc., you can include links at the end of your biography.

4) Note About Community Membership

Please provide a note about your community membership. For example, the name of your community and if you like, the location of your traditional territory.

5) Postal Mailing Address / Address of Residence

Street Address:
(Optional) Phone / WhatsApp:

Submission Checklist

Use the following list as a checklist. Copy and Paste your submission into the body of the email. Attachments are not permitted.

1) Agreement Statement:

2) Poem:

3) Biography:

4) Note About Community Membership

5) Postal address:

Selection of Winners

Poems will be assessed by the Editor on the basis of artistic merit, clarity of voice, and quality of writing. One winning poem will be selected: First Place.

Publication Date

Winners will receive publication in First Nations Poetry Magazine on January 15th, 2025. All winners of Comet Contests will also be featured in the issue of Wax Poetry and Art Magazine published on January 15th, 2025.

Terms and Conditions

Copyright of the work remains with the original artist.

Upon acceptance, the artist grants the publisher, Kirk Ramdath, the right to the first publication of the work, as well as the right to republish the work in Wax Poetry and Art anthologies and collections, online and in print, without additional permission required.

If the work is ever collected into a book or made available for sale in any other print format, the artist will receive a minimum 20% royalty. If the work is included in a collection with other artists (as is most likely), the 20% royalty is shared equally among all artists, based on the number of works contributed. If the work is ever made available for sale in a digital format, a 50% royalty will be given, and shared as necessary. Royalties are paid out annually in January if a minimum of $10 CAD is accrued.

There is no initial payment.

The artist also grants the publisher the right to publish part of the work on third party platforms such as Facebook and other social media, specifically for the purpose of sharing the work with more people, and considering the evolving and experimental nature of the Internet. This does not obligate the publisher to make social media posts.

The editor reserves the right to make whatever changes are deemed necessary, at any time, to ensure that publication occurs. Publication is perpetual. However, the artist may appeal any change within 30 days of publication. If artist and publisher cannot reach an agreement, the work will be unpublished. This preserves the artistic integrity of both the work and the publication.

Copy and Paste (Do Not Use Attachments)

The entire submission must be copied and pasted into the body of a single email and sent to the email address shown below. Do not include any part of your submission in an attachment.

Subject Header of Email

Use the following as the subject header of your submission email:
"First Nations Poetry Magazine Contest".

Send your submission by email to

About the Editor
Kirk Ramdath is the publisher, editor, and designer of the Wax Poetry and Art Network of publications. He has read and performed at poetry events in many Canadian cities. He also organized many poetry events, back in the day. Particularly, open-mic poetry events. Kirk's first book, Love in a Handful of Dust, was published by Frontenac House in 2011. He has an English degree (with Distinction) from the University of Calgary, in Canada. Kirk was born in Trinidad and Tobago. He now lives and publishes from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

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