The Ontario Poetry Society Contests

For Poets at Large:



Polar Expressions Poetry & Short Story Contests 2017/2018

Student Contests

Now announcing our 12th annual student contests for Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

2017/2018 National Student Contests

Poetry Deadline: November 15, 2017
Short-Story Deadline: November 30, 2017

Each year Polar Expressions Publishing hold two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Over $9,000 is awarded in cash prizes to schools and students who participate!

There is no entry fee and no obligation to purchase anything.

Educators may wish to use one or both of these contests as a project in coordination with their English curriculum or students may enter on their own (though school information must be provided so we can verify they are a student and keep the contest fair).

Information packages, including entry forms are sent to schools across the country in September. Educators may directly request a copy of this information package or a complimentary copy of one of our collections from a previous contest by sending us an information request.

The top group of entrants in each contest (approx. 25-45%) will receive the opportunity to be published in a soft-cover, keepsake collection to be released in early June of each year. Schools that send in at least five complete entries per contest will automatically receive one free copy of any collection containing their student(s) work. We gave away more than $10,000 worth of these books to schools in our last contests!

Climate Comic Contest 2017




Learn more about climate change AND create a superhero with an earth-saving adventure! The world will vote on the top submissions at the UN Climate Conference, COP23.

The winner will bring their superhero to life in comic-book form worldwide on earth day! Are you ready to save the world?


  • To show the world that young people are superheroes for climate change.
  • To become an official author of Comics Uniting Nations


  • Submit your superhero by Oct 22, 2017

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2017 Kids Art Contest – Amphibians & Reptiles

frogs-are_green-header-20151Calling all children ages 3-17!

Announcing the 8th Annual Kids Art Contest! Hosted by Frogs Are Green.

We will award winners in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17. We also add categories based on what we receive, such as:

  • (Best Student/Elder Collaboration; Best 3D;
  • Most Unusual;
  • Best Environmental;
  • Best Black and White.
  • Awards are given to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention for each age group.

Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017 and the winners will be announced by January 31, 2018. The winners will be featured in a blog post. Many of the submitted artworks are shared online, through our website, social media and in awareness materials. (By entering, you grant Frogs Are Green permission to use your artwork. Credit to artists will be included.)

This year, the 1st place winners in each age group will receive these prizes (so far!): The custom designed Frogs Are Green” Strawesome glass straw; their winning artwork on a t-shirt provided by Big Frog Custom Shirts; and Frogs Are Green‘s newest books.

This years theme is… Amphibians & Reptiles!

Yes, children can draw any amphibian or reptile! Turtles, salamanders, frogs, snakes, lizards, and more! They can also draw rainforests, ponds, wildlife in trees or water, or how they feel about climate change, pollution, deforestation, drought, natural habitats, etc… and how you (or all of us) can help the environment. Here are a few links to provide much need information and photos for reference:

2017 poster design with featured 2016 winning artworks from the top: Vanessa Qiu, Geethma Tashani Thalangama, Minju Kim.

2017 kids art contest hosted by Frogs Are Green. Design by Susan Newman.

Get the Math – Math Challenges


The Challenges

Get the Math Challenges



The Setup

This video introduces professionals who will pose real-world math challenges to the teams.

Math in Music: Introduction

DobleFlo talks about using math in music production and presents an algebra challenge related to one of their new singles.

Math in Music: Take the challenge

Match the electronic beat to the instrumental sample by calculating the correct tempo in beats per minute.

Math in Music: Try other music challenges

Choose from different instrumental samples and electronic drum tracks to create a new track and figure out the correct tempo in beats per minute.

Math in Fashion: Introduction

Chloe Dao explains how she uses math as a fashion designer and sets up a math challenge involving one of her designs.

Math in Fashion: Take the challenge

Modify Chloe Dao’s design from the video to meet the target retail price of $35 or less.

Math in Fashion: Try other fashion challenges

After solving Chloe’s challenge, use the same skills to modify three more complicated garment designs.

Math in Videogames: Introduction

Julia Detar describes how she uses math to create videogames and presents a math challenge.

Math in Videogames: Take the challenge

Plot a linear path for the spaceship to avoid crashing into the asteroid.

Math in Videogames: Try other videogame challenges

After saving the spaceship, try a more challenging submarine game to test your skills with coordinate graphing and linear equations.


Chef Sue Torres challenges the teams to use algebra to recommend a price for guacamole.

Math in Restaurants: Take the challenge

Choose one of two strategies to make your prediction for avocado prices in the coming year. Then, use Sue’s rule of thumb to come up with a recommended menu price for guacamole.

Math in Restaurants: Try other restaurant challenges

After solving Sue’s guacamole challenge, try additional challenges involving three menu items with different main ingredients: chicken, shrimp, and beef.

Math in Basketball: Introduction

Basketball player Elton Brand presents a challenge about the math behind free throw shots.

Math in Basketball: Take the challenge

Use the three key variables and Elton Brand’s stats to figure out the maximum height the basketball reaches when Elton shoots a free throw.

Math in Basketball: Try other basketball challenges

Choose new sets of stats and sharpen your skills with additional challenges around the math behind free throw shooting.

Math in Special Effects: Introduction

Jeremy Chernick from J&M Special Effects sets up a challenge about lighting for high-speed effects.

Math in Special Effects: Take the challenge

Use light probe readings to figure out the mathematical relationship between intensity and distance.

Math in Special Effects: Try other special effects challenges

Learn how a setting called an f-stop affects the amount of light coming through a camera lens.

Yummy Math – Real Life Math

Yummy Math provides teachers with an easy way to bring real-life into their math classrooms. It is our belief that when math is explored in contexts that are familiar and of interest to students, students will be more engaged to do math, reason, think critically, question and communicate.  Our activities are written to correspond with the NCTM Process Standards and the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice. You can read what our users have said here.

We’ve kept the site updated with multiple activities per week since March 2010 at no charge to teachers. If you have used our material, please consider making a donation to help us continue bringing meaningful mathematics to you and your students.

For example, here is a lesson from Sept 2017 about Hurricanes: