Call For Contributions to Alan's Legacy Project



A Journey across New Westminster by Word: A Poetry of Place

Deadline: June 21, 2019 4:30pm


The New Westminster Poet Laureate Alan Hill in partnership with the City’s Arts Services Department is requesting submissions for a poetry anthology, A Journey across New Westminster by Word: A Poetry of Place. 

This vibrant, multicultural and multi-dimensional poetry collection of “poetry postcards” will present a literary map of contemporary New Westminster.  The intention of this collection is to highlight and explore physical location and its emotional and cultural significance specific to New Westminster residents.  

A Poetry Postcard is a short written description of a person’s favorite place in the City. A literary snapshot that describes a location and why it is important to the writer and what it makes the writer, think, feel and experience.


  • Celebrate and showcase New Westminster’s diverse cultural identity and literary traditions.

  • Highlight places in our community – specific geographical locations - that are important to the community and engender a sense of what it means to live here.

  • Create a greater shared sense of community for all participants.

  • Support a collaborative and thoughtful legacy project shepherded by the City’s Poet Laureate.

  • Create a printed and bound anthology.

  • Identifying and connecting up-and-coming literary talent to the wider literary community in New Westminster.

Submission Guidelines

A panel of jurors will be struck to help Mr. Hill in the selection of poems for the anthology. The panel will be looking for:

  • Literary originality - imagery which stands out

  • Poems that make or take reference from the City of New Westminster (specific locations, its people, communities, streets, businesses, natural environment, histories etc.)

  • A variety of diverse viewpoints from around the City of New Westminster (Indigenous, brand new and long-time resident perspectives are all encouraged)

Submission Requirements

  • Submissions only accepted via email as a word attachment (do not send work within body of an email)

  • Please include your name, address, email address, phone number

  • Email Subject Line: A Journey Across New Westminster By Word - Poetry Application

  • Word limit is 300 words/per poem

  • An image of the location being written about

  • Please note: Maximum file size accepted by City of New Westminster email is 8MB


  • Friday, June 21, 2019 4:30pm. Late submissions will not be considered.

Selection Timeline

Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately 4 weeks following the application deadline (Mid-July, 2019).

Please note: City of New Westminster staff and jury panel members are not eligible to apply.

Intellectual Property


Please direct questions and email submissions to:

Arts Services, Cultural Services

Office of the CAO

T 604.527.4640