Paddy O’Rourke Poetry Scholarship

The Paddy O’Rourke Poetry Scholarship was established in 2018 to recognize and encourage young Saskatchewan poets. It is named in honour of Patrick (Paddy) O’Rourke, a teacher, literary editor, mentor and prominent friend of Saskatoon’s and Saskatchewan’s arts community.

This site should give you all the information you need to (a) understand the scholarship criteria and submit an application; and (b) become a valued donor, including the link to the Scholarship’s financial administrator, the Saskatoon Community Foundation.

The Scholarship is coordinated by Saskatchewan’s first Poet Laureate Glen Sorestad as Chair, Sonia Sorestad, and Ray and Debbie Penner.

– Apply –

The Paddy O’Rourke Poetry Scholarship will be awarded annually, at the discretion of the Scholarship judges and administrators. The amount awarded is determined in part by donor support.

The current scholarship is $1,000 CAD.

Please carefully review the application criteria to ensure your submission will be considered. Incomplete applications will be discarded without further consideration or notice.

The successful applicant must meet the following criteria:

– 1 –
Be a Saskatchewan resident completing Grade Twelve in Saskatchewan or one who has graduated from Grade Twelve in Saskatchewan within the past 24 months.

– 2 –
Be accepted into, or plan to attend in the fall of the year of the award, a post-secondary institution and be enrolled in at least one class in the literary arts (e.g. English 101; a creative writing class, etc.)   Note: Scholarship funds will be issued upon proof of enrollment to a post-secondary institution as per the above. The post-secondary institution does not have to be in Saskatchewan.

– 3 –
Provide a letter (written by the applicant) indicating reasons why he or she deserves to be awarded the Scholarship. Important factors include participation in writing-related activities (e.g., editor of the school newspaper; involvement in a local library writers’ club; reply letters from publications who have considered your work, regardless of whether or not that work was accepted). Note that the writer’s talent – not financial need – is the principal focus for the Scholarship. The letter must include:

a. Current educational status (e.g., attending Grade Twelve) and educational institution where you are about to or have graduated.

b. Your Full Name

c. Your Address 

d. If you are under 18: Your parent or guardian’s contact information such as phone number and, if possible, email address. 

e. A statement which reads, “I agree to the terms and conditions of the Paddy O’Rourke Poetry Scholarship, including the right to release the winner’s name and sampling of his or her work to the media and general public. I further confirm that the poetry submitted is entirely the original work of the applicant.”  If you are under 18, please have your parent or authorized caregiver sign this statement and print their name and date. 

– 4 –
Append a sampling of five to ten pages of the applicant’s poetry. (Note: This does not imply five to ten different poems; long poems that exceed one page are acceptable.) Please do not submit illustrations/images.
Be sure to retain a copy of your work, as no submissions will be returned.



Paddy O’Rourke Poetry Scholarship
c/o  Ray Penner
1126 2nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK  S7H 1R5
Ph: (306) 241-7079

Ray Penner:
PH: (306) 241-7079