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Book Spine Poetry Contest

Each fall, the Saskatchewan Library Association hosts the Book Spine Poetry Contest overlapping with Saskatchewan Library Week.

What is book spine poetry? Book spine poetry is a free verse poem composed using the titles written on the spines of physical books, and then stacking the books on top of one another.

The 2022 Book Spine Poetry Contest ran from September 6 to November 1, 2022 and is now closed.

Here are your 2022 contest winners:

Ages 5-8 Category:
  1. Liam Sjogren
  2. Carl River
  3. Olson Zion
Ages 9-11 Category:
  1. Teagan Deschamp
  2. Wilson Yarie
  3. Amelia Hanstock
Ages 12-18 Category:
  1. Jeremy Udechukwu
  2. Arvil Buffalo-Brooks
  3. Gemma Promhouse
Adult Category:
  1. Kirby Anderson
  2. Eri Svenson
  3. Kiana Gallegos

Contest Graphics & Instruction Sheets

SLA has had several graphics created for the 2022 Book Spine Poetry Contest. Those interested in promoting the event can download these graphics (below) and use them to promote the contest and Saskatchewan Library Week in general.

Instruction sheets for the 2022 Book Spine Poetry Contest are available in both English and French. These sheets can be downloaded and distributed as needed.

For more information on this program, please email Mary Lou Van De Bon at