CALLING ALL MOTO POETS! 2nd Annual Poetry Contest

We are a GO for the 2nd Annual Toronto International Biker Poetry Contest and we’re looking for original poems that tell us about your love for motorcycles!  This year we’ll choose four finalists in the Biker Ladies category and four finalists in the Biker Mens category. That’s eight readings of fantastic motorcycle-themed poems on stage, plus a few from our judges. 

We’re excited to announce that last year’s winners Karen Stephenson and Klaus Kaak will be judging the finalists, along with Mark Richardson, Editor of Canada Moto Guide, a fellow poet himself. We also have a couple of special guests lined up, to be announced a little later. Spring Show emcee, Pat Gonsalves will be hosting, introducing the finalists and announcing the winners.

The date for the contest is Saturday, April 1st, at the Toronto International Centre, part of the 31st annual Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show, running April 1 & 2, 2023. All finalists will receive two complimentary Show Tickets to attend on Saturday, and the winners each receive a $200 cash prize and a Show Award. Think of the prestige!

So, if you haven’t written your poem yet after a great summer of riding, grab a hot chocolate and get your pens out. Put your thoughts into inspired prose that you’ll be prepared to read to a crowd of fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. You can submit up to three original poems, anywhere from 10 to 200 words. Poems can be humourous or heart wrenching, rhyming or non-rhyming, and must have a motorcycle theme. Visit the Features & Event page on our website for the full Contest Terms and Conditions. 

The eight finalists who are chosen to compete on stage at the Show will be announced and individually notified shortly after the contest deadline of March 14th.

One final note; if you entered a previous year’s contest and were not selected you are welcome to enter your poems again, or send us something entirely new. Poems submitted prior to January 14, 2023 must be re-submitted. All entries will be read and considered.  We’re excited to see what you’ve got. Good Luck!

We can’t be riding so we might as well be writing!