The 2023 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Results

The New Quarterly is proud to announce the winners of the 2023 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest!


“Abecedarian with Sharpened Vision” by Dagne Forrest


“Mondays with My Dad” by Linda Hatfield

Second Runner-Up

“Ah see it all wit’ mih own two eyes” Simon Peter Eggertsen

Honourable Mentions

“Year of the Tiger” by William Ross

“The Love Song of Grindstone Marsh” by Lisa Borkovich

“Last Fly of Summer” by Linda Hatfield

“Volodymyr Zelensky at Westminster Hall, Day 349” by Natalie Hryciuk

“elegy for a groundhog” by Alexander Hollenberg

“Having A Day” by Ken Victor

“Kiss Me Again Like The Second Time” by Susan Atkinson

“Consider the Ear” by Jennifer Frankum

“A Mother’s Will” by Janice McCrum

We look forward to publishing these poems in our Fall Issue. 

Thank you to all of the wonderful poets who submitted.