Poetry Map

The Nanaimo Poetry Map provides a creative perspective of the city.  Generally speaking, a map imposes a system of knowledge upon a place. It denotes the official names of streets and buildings, displays property ownership, tells the reader where s/he can or can’t go – that kind of thing. This map is different, it asks the reader to explore the city through poetry, to understand the spaces within it differently because of the poems.


How to submit your poem

  • You must be a resident of the Greater Nanaimo area.
  • The poem should be solely written by you. If your poem is selected you will be asked to sign a declaration that the poem is your work alone and that you have the rights to it. Submissions from people under 18 will require a parent’s signature.
  • The poem must be about site-specific Nanaimo places and should be no more than 30 lines (200 words). (Examples: the hospital, schools, Mudge Island, Snake Island, Protection Island, Witchcraft Lake, Linley Valley, Brannen Lake, Chase Estuary Park, Petroglyph Provincial Park, Harmac Pulp Mill, Northfield town and mine site, malls, airport, the Bastion, Nanaimo courthouse, churches, sports fields and arenas, etc.). 
  • Poems can be touching, funny, insightful, bitingly witty or angry, but will not be considered if they contain obscenities or promote hatred or prejudice.
  • Email two copies of your poem as a pdf attachment (in Times New Roman, 12 point) to callingallpoets@nanaimo.ca with the words "poetry map" in the subject line. One copy should have your name, address, email, and phone # written above the poem; the other should contain only the poem.
  • There is no deadline, so just keep those Nanaimo poems coming in whenever creativity strikes. If your poem is chosen for the map and we need to publish it elsewhere, we will, of course, contact you for permission. The rights stay with you.


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Last updated: September 3, 2021

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