Text Box: A contest in every issue

We are looking for quality in the writing of either poetry or prose and do not have a preference for any particular genre (kind, category or sort of writing). The main stipulation is that all work must be previously unpublished.

Judges for the Summer 2015 Issue


Winners of Winter 2015 Contest receive

 publication in BPR and these prizes:



Click here to see the winners...                 1st place $100

                                                              2nd place $50

                                                               3rd place $20


The Entry Fees are:                              $5 for up to 3 poems    or

$5 for each story (up to 5,000 words)


How to Enter the Contest:         1. Mark "Contest" on each poem or story.

2. Read the guidelines here.

3. email your submissions.



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Poetry Judge


Heather Cadsby

Heather Cadsby has four books of poetry. A Tantrum of Synonyms (Wolsak and Wynn) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award. Her most recent book, Could be, is published by Brick Books. Cadsby’s poetry has appeared in such journals as The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, Grain, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, The New Quarterly, and the anthology The Best Canadian Poetry in English. She has been a judge in several awards, including the CBC Literary Awards (poetry category).



Fiction Judge


Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert is the author of seventeen books, among them the acclaimed Ellis Portal mystery series. Her latest romantic thriller Terminal Grill. Aubert is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, winning in both the novel and short-story categories.  She is a popular teacher and speaker. Aubert has published four volumes of poetry. Her short stories, essays, poems and reviews have been widely published in Canada for many years.