Once again, NISA is running its annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest for mental health consumers, offering prizes and publication to its winners. If you are a writer who has experienced mental health difficulties or mental illness, you are eligible to enter our poetry contest. But you need to get your entry into our offices by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2008.
What kind of poetry are we looking for? Poetry about the experience of mental illness is welcomed; however, all subjects are acceptable. We want to showcase the talent and creativity of mental health consumers, so choose your best work. Poems are blind-judged and decisions are based on poetic merit.
The writers of the top three poems will be awarded monetary prizes of $250, $150 and $75, respectively, and their poems will be published in the Spring 2008 edition of our magazine Open Minds Quarterly. Poems meriting honorable mentions will be published in a later issue. (If you want to read about last year's contest, click here.)
Are you ready? The entry fee is $10.00 for up to three poems, and your poems must arrive at NISA with your entry fee and completed entry form. Please review the rules and guidelines before sending in your work to make sure that your poem will qualify for the contest.
NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization in Sudbury, Ontario. We are consumer-run and we offer a number of occupational opportunities for mental health consumers to focus on their own individual talents and gifts. The BrainStorm Contest is intended as a fundraiser for its psychosocial literary magazine, Open Minds Quarterly, as well as a way to support other consumer/survivors by awarding prizes to the top three winners.Don't delay! Download the entry form now by clicking here.