Are you the next Margaret Atwood or Leonard Cohen? 

The City of Victoria and Greater Victoria Public Library are looking for an inspired wordsmith to take on the mantle of Youth Poet Laureate. 

The chosen artist will serve a one-year term from January 2020 to December 2020 in the honorary role -which is only applicable to teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 and 24.

Applicants are expected to prepare three original poems in any format including written, audio, or video. A resume must also accompany the artistic submission, that notes community engagement experience related to school, volunteering, or work.

The position is in place as a mentorship role for on a peer-to-peer basis, that allows troubled youths throughout Greater Victoria to be captivated by original works at poetry events for a younger audience.

The selected person acts as a judge for the GVPL Teen writing contest and is expected to speak at six city council and three youth council meetings.

Additionally, during their duration, they are rewarded with $1,750 honorarium and $2,000 of project funding along with their title. 

Applications can be sent electronically or by mail until Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 4 p.m. Applications can be emailed to

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