O’Poésie is a French as a second language poetry contest open to youth in Quebec & Nunavut that allows students to use and discover the French language in a creative way.

The 4th edition of O’Poésie is underway! This year’s deadline is June 1st, 20202. You can send your poem or the poems of your students by email to [email protected] (with O’Poesie 4th edition in subject line).


  1. Poems must have a limit of 20 lines or less.
  2. Only one entry per student can be submitted.
  3. The contest is open to elementary and high school students that are registered in an English school board or English School in Quebec or use French as an additional language in Nunavut.
  4. There are three categories:
  • Elementary school
  • 13-17 years old
  • Haiku

Please note: French poetry or slam workshops are available to all CPF member organizations and schools in order to introduce students to the work of poetry.

  1. Students may enter individually and not through a school. Proof of registration might be requested if necessary.
  2. Students may choose the theme and form.
  3. Entries should be typed or neatly hand-written
  4. Each poem should be submitted with an O’Poésie Entry Form

BONUS category!  In collabortation with the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, a new partnership has been establish to match with their “Slame tes accents,” competition.  This category is open to high school students, between the ages of 12 and 18 years old.

How does it work? A class collaboratively writes a slam poem using key words and shares it in a 60 to 90 second video. There are two age categories: 12 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years of age. Entries must be received by March 20th. Entries must include use of 5 of the following 20 key words:

accent, Amériques, appartenance, aspirations, asteur, avenir, diversité, patrimoine, solidarité, inclusion, engagement, expression, ensemble, fierté, francophonie, partage, richesse, unis, vision, voix.

There are two age categories:

  1. 12 to 14 years old
  2. 15 to 18 years old

For more information and to download the teaching guide: click here

To view some winning entries from previous years: click here



O’Poésie – 3rd Edition 2019

Thank you to everyone who participated this year. We received over 80 applications, a record amount!

Canadian Parents for French in Quebec is pleased to announce the first place winners for 2019 will receive Antidote 10 offered by Druide Informatique (value of 130$). The second and third place winners will each receive a gift card from Renault Bray!


2nd edition:Each winner which will receive Antidote 9 offered by Druide Informatique (value of 130$):

10-13 Poetry Category: Coralie Lanthier, Rosemere High, SWLSB – Le Cheval.
14-17 Poetry Category: Abbey Skerget, Beaconsfield High, LBPSB – Miroir, Miroir.
Haiku Category: Nathan Manoroth – Westmount High, EMSB

Participating teachers were invited to submit their name into a draw to win French books for their classrooms. These books valued at $50 are offered by ALQ and CPF Quebec & Nunavut Project as our way of thanks for supporting students creatively.
Jennifer Hay-Sabourin, Beaconsfield High School is the winner of the draw.

For its second edition, O’Poésie received 55 poems: 2 in the 10-13 years Category, 31 in the 14-17 years Category and 22 in the Haiku 10-17 years Category.
The participants came from 3 different English School Boards in Quebec: English Montreal School Board, Lester B. Pearson School Board and Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board.

A big congratulations to all those who participated.

Our Partners : Association des libraires du Québec & Druide.