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Calls for submissions from published poets 35 and under to celebrate 35 years of programming

TORONTO, February 9, 2009 --- Authors at Harbourfront Centre announces a call for submissions to its “Open Stage Night.” In preparation for National Poetry Month in April, and in celebration of 35 years of programming world-renowned reading events, “Open Stage Night” showcases the future of Canadian poetry by presenting 20 poets 35 years of age or younger in one night of readings.

Poets will be invited to read for a maximum of five minutes, and a jury comprising Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and National Post Arts Reporter Mark Medley will award an invitation to read at the 30th annual International Festival of Authors (October 21–31, 2009) following the event. “Open Stage Night” takes place Wednesday, March 25 in Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room.

“We wanted to look to our future by celebrating the wealth of local literary talent that has grown up alongside us,” said Geoffrey Taylor, Director, Authors at Harbourfront Centre, “and opening up our submission process makes this a unique event for us.”

Submissions will be accepted for poets who, like the Reading Series, were born in 1974 or later and who have a complete work currently in print with a trade publisher. In a break with its usual convention, AUTHORS will select the 20 readers via a random draw of all eligible submissions. Submissions should be made by an author’s publishing representative by email to by February 25 at noon. Publishers will be contacted on March 2 to make arrangements for the 20 poets selected. For full submission criteria and guidelines, publishers and poets should visit the event page and read the FAQ section before calling with enquiries.

Tickets are priced at $8 (free for members and students with ID). AUTHORS is pleased to offer a 50% discount to members of the League of Canadian Poets, and also to members of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. This event takes place at 7:30pm in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Authors at Harbourfront Centre weekly events begin February 18 and continue through June 17, 2009. For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit or call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416-973-4000.

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 5,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 16 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 21–31, 2009), including YoungIFOA (October 27–29, 2009); the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (May 4–6, 2009); and Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 13–14, 2009).


Lindsay Gulin:; 416-973-4395
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