O’POÉSIE

FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE POETRY CONTEST

WHAT? A French poetry contest for students learning French as a second language aged 5 to 17 years old.

WHAT? Submit a written (or filmed*) poem using the online form by the deadline date of June 1st, 2020.

Rules:

  1. Poems must have a limit of 20 lines or less. Entries should be typed or neatly hand-written. Documents will need to be scanned and uploaded.
  2. The theme and form is open to student choice. Only one entry per student can be submitted. If more are submitted, only the most recent one will be entered into the contest.
  3. The contest is open to Canadian elementary and high school students learning French as a second language. Students may enter individually and not through a school.
  4. Each poem entry should be submitted via the O’Poésie Entry Form

There are three categories for entry:

  • 5 – 9 years old – Haiku Poems
  • 10 – 13 years old  – All forms of written Poetry
  • 14 – 17 years old  – All forms of written Poetry or filmed Slam Poetry*

*Students 14 to 17 years of age having participated in the Slame tes Accents!  Contest may submit the same entry to O’Poésie for another chance to win.

Questions: Contact Chelsea Craig, CPF QCNU Project Coordinator, [email protected].

Access our judging rubric here (in French only)

Teachers / Parents / Guardians :

Don’t know where to start? Want to learn more about creating poems? Check out our workshop!

2020 Winners:

Le Monde Maintenant by Irina Xie

Pollution partout.
Un virus prend soin du monde.
Nature est joyeuse.

La moraine by Eric McWhinnie

La moraine d’Oak Ridges est mon refuge,
Le trille blanc couvre le sol comme un déluge.
Le trille rouge démontre sa rareté,
La sanguinaire vante sa beauté.

Je marche sur la mousse avec légèreté.
La moraine est le protecteur des créatures,
Le faucon à queue rouge est mature.
La grenouille fait l’appel de l’accouplement,

Le serpent fait une baignade de soleil sur la pente.
Je vois un trou qu’une taupe saute dedans.
La moraine prend son nom du chêne,
L’érablière est magnifiquement ancienne.

Le hêtre lisse nous sourit d’en haut,
Tout comme notre ami le cher bouleau.
Je remarque que le pin rouge pousse près des eaux.
La moraine a comme élément vital les rivières et les lacs,

Le Lac Saint-Georges au soleil est opaque.
Le Lac Sainte-Marie était un refuge historique,
La rivière Humber coule de façon féerique.
La rivière Rouge nous offre des aventures héroïques.

Quotidienneté by Juliana Narvaez

Mes yeux brûlent avec du sang,
Le fer liquide qui coule dans mes veines –
Qui domine mes pensées,
Qui tombe du ciel et tache le soleil
Mon cœur bat à toute force
Ma gorge tremble, éffrayée
Une clôture d’os me conserve,
Me protège contre cette pluie acide
Mais pas pour longtemps –
Je dois trouver abri.
Mes jambes et mon esprit,
Leurs propres maîtres,
Me conduisent à travers les nuages sombres
Qui ornent le paysage ruiné de moi
Cave dentelée à minuit –
Maison de rats noirs qui
Chuchotent dans mes oreilles
Menteries acides,
Grossièretés mélodieuses

Je les crois.

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O’Poésie – The National Edition 2020

2020 was an exceptional year which had us rethink how to engage with contest participants. Our team at QCNU decided to open up our poetry contest to students across Canada! We invited them to write a haiku or a tradtional poem, or even film themselves doing slam poetry and students did not disappoint. With over 85 submissions from 7 different provinces, we are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 O’Poésie contest!

First place winners received Antidote 10 offered by Druide Informatique (value of 130$). Second place winners were given $50 gift cards to Renauld Bray and 3rd place winners, $30 gift cards to Cineplex!

Congrats to all participants and thank you to our judges:

Andreanne Simard, Coordinator – Regional Activities CPF QCNU,  Dominique Paddack, Project Coordinator at Voice of English-speaking Québec, Sandra Inniss, Communications specialist and Caroline Richard from le Centre de la francophonie des Amériques

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.