By rob mclennan
On April 3, 2013, Toronto-based writer and editor Peter Norman performed with 18 other poets as part of the 5th annual Poetry NOW competition. The judges for the event were current Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, and Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall. The event was near-capacity, and Toronto publisher Mansfield Press was well-represented, with authors Jim Smith and Lillian Necakov on the bill alongside Peter Norman, and Mansfield Press Editor Stuart Ross had even made the trip in from Cobourg, Ontario. The following morning, it was announced that Norman had won the top slot of the evening, which includes an invitation to read this fall at the 34th annual International Festival of Authors (which runs from October 24 to November 3, 2013), as well as an ad for his book in NOW Magazine. Four runners-up were also selected to be invited to the festival: Warren Clements, Christine McNair, Beatriz Hausner and Mathew Henderson.