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Call for Submissions to POETRY NOW: 4th ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BARDS

TORONTO, February 7, 2012 --- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) and their long-time media partner NOW Magazine are calling for submissions to Poetry NOW: 4th annual Battle of the Bards. On the heels of National Poetry Month, this popular poetry competition celebrates Canadian poetry by showcasing 20 upcoming and established writers in one night of readings on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. One poet will win an invitation to read at the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (October 18–28, 2012) and have their book advertised in NOW.

Twenty poets will be selected by random draw from all eligible submissions and invited to read for a maximum of five minutes. A jury comprising Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor, Artistic Associate Jen Tindall and another judge to be announced will select the night’s winner.

“We are looking for talent both new and established,” said Geoffrey Taylor, Director, Authors at Harbourfront Centre. “This event has led to some fantastic readings at the Festival, not just by the winners but by other poets who, after having such an engaging, successful reading, have also been invited to participate.”

In keeping with AUTHORS’ mandate to promote new literature and new voices, participant’s books must have been published within the past five years and currently be in print with a trade publisher.

Submissions should be made by a poet’s publishing representative by February 24 at noon. For full submission criteria and guidelines, publishers and poets should visit here.

Tickets to attend the event are $10 (free for members, youth 25 and under, and students with ID). AUTHORS is pleased to offer a 50% discount to members of the League of Canadian Poets, Writers’ Union of Canada and Playwrights Guild of Canada. This event takes place Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30pm in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416-973-4000.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Jennifer Asselin: jasselin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395

About Authors at Harbourfront Centre:
Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 7,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 18 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 18–28, 2012), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 15–16, 2012).

About NOW Magazine:
Toronto's independent weekly – NOW Magazine – was launched Thursday, September 10, 1981, as the city's alternative voice. After starting with just five staff members, founding owner/operators Michael Hollett and Alice Klein have seen the weekly grow to become a key cultural and political voice in Toronto – and Canada – with more than 100 employees.

NOW is published every Thursday (though available at key downtown locations and in street boxes Wednesday nights) and distributed at over 3,400 locations in the Greater Toronto Area.
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