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Book Spine Poetry Contest

A poem made of book spines stacked on top of one another reads "Dear Evelyn / In Case I Go / Do Not Become Alarmed / I've Been Meaning to Tell You / Everything Arrives At the Light.The Book Spine Poetry Contest is an annual contest run by the Saskatchewan Library Association and hosted each fall, overlapping with Culture Days.

What is book spine poetry? Book spine poetry is when a poem is created by stacking books on top of each other, with each title on the spine of a book making up a line in the poem.

The contest features four age categories: children (ages 5 to 8), children (ages 9 to 12), teens (ages 13 to 18), and adults (ages 19 and up). The winner in each age category receives a $100 Indigo gift card. The second place winner in each category receives $50 gift card, and third place a $25 gift card. This contest is open to Saskatchewan residents only.

For more information on this program, please email Milena Džordeski at

2023 Book Spine Poetry Contest Winners

View all Winning Poems

SLA is pleased to announce that our 2023 Book Spine Poetry Contest winners are:

Ages 5-8 Category:
  1. Aashwee Pandya
  2. Clark Panchuk
  3. Georgia Thiessen
Ages 9-12 Category:
  1. Gretta Weiler
  2. Kayleigh Collins
  3. Ethan Sjogren
Ages 13-18 Category:
  1. Ashley Mannerfeldt
  2. Melody Schwartz
  3. Mylee Andrews
Adult Category:
  1. Lisa Lam
  2. Gwen Reynolds
  3. Janelle Fettes 

Contest Promotion Resources

SLA has created several Book Spine Poetry Contest promotional resources: a poster in both English and French, instruction sheets in both English and French, and some social media post images. Any person or organization interested in promoting the Book Spine Poetry Contest is free to download, print, and/or distribute the below resources.

contest poster
contest instruction sheets
contest social media images