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$25.00 CAD, $30.00 CAD

Presented by Image, the biennial Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry awards more than $25,000 to Canadian poets whose work wrestles with the complexity of religious belief. We want to hear from Canadian poets and writers who are grappling with the divine, those for whom poetry is—as Christian Wiman would describe it—a form of theology.

The Mitchell Prize seeks to encourage writers whose poems foster access to spiritual experience—writers whose poems work as lenses through which the world is more closely seen. Poets working in any faith tradition are welcome to enter. Our 2021 judges are Shane McCrae (lead judge and poetry editor for Image), Suzanne Buffam, and Liz Howard. 

The recipient of the 2021 Mitchell Prize will receive $20,000 CAD, plus their winning entry will be published in a print edition of Image as well as in the digital 2021 Mitchell Prize Anthology.

The winning poem will be selected from a shortlist of five outstanding poems. The four poets who remain on the shortlist will each receive $1,000 CAD and their poem will be published in the digital 2021 Mitchell Prize Anthology. Additionally, expenses will be covered for all five shortlisted poets to attend the award celebration in Toronto in October 2021 during which the winner will be announced.

In the course of their work, the judges will identify a longlist of noteworthy entries that will be collected in the digital 2021 Mitchell Prize Anthology. The shortlist, and then the winner, will be selected from this longlist. The number of poems on the longlist will depend on the overall number and caliber of poems submitted to the prize.


+ The prize is open to Canadian citizens and writers of all nationalities who currently reside in Canada. Canadians living abroad are also eligible.

+ Each entry should be one piece and consist of no more than 100 lines.

+ The work should engage faith in a substantive manner.

+ All poetry genres are welcome.

+ Multiple entries are allowed.

+ Entry fees are:  

January 11 through March 11 – $25 CAD

March 12 through April 30 – $30 CAD

Each submission includes a one-year digital subscription to Image (4 issues), as well as access to the journal’s digital archives (50+ issues) for one year. Upon request, this subscription is transferable for those who submit multiple entries

+ All entries must be original, previously unpublished work. (Exceptions will be made for personal blogs.)

+ All entries must be made exclusively via Submittable. No other form of entry, by conventional mail or otherwise, shall be considered, and any such entry will not be returned.

>> For full details, visit https://imagejournal.org/mitchell-prize/. 

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