Poetry News

New address as of May 1, 2018

We’ve moved! As of May 1, 2018, please find us at 2 Carlton Street Suite 1519, Toronto ON, M5B 1J3.


Poetry Pause Launching Soon!

Introducing: #PoetryPause, our forthcoming daily poetry dispatch! We will circulate one poem, Monday-Friday, each month, all year – starting November 1, 2018. For your daily dose of poetics, you can subscribe to our #PoetryPause newsletter or find the poems on our website where they will be archived. And we’re still accepting submissions!

To view our submission guidelines or sign up early to receive Poetry Pause directly to your inbox, click here.

Thank you for helping us build this exciting venture in Canadian poetry!


Call for Submissions: The 2019 Sheri-D Wilson #GoldenBeret Award

This fall, the League is thrilled to announce a new opportunity for rising and established spoken word poets in Canada: a literary prize crafted specifically to highlight the unique strengths and values of spoken word poetry. Spoken word poets at all stages of their artistic development are encouraged to submit a micro-portfolio to be reviewed by a panel of three established spoken word artists – all for a chance at the grand prize of $2,000! The #GoldenBeretAward is open for submissions from members and non-members! Deadline: December 14, 2018. To view our submission guidelines, click here.  Jurors will be announced soon! 


Call for Submissions: The League’s Annual Book Awards

The League’s annual book awards – the Gerald Lampert Memorial, Pat Lowther Memorial, and Raymond Souster Awards – are now open for submissions! Submitted titles must be published in 2018. Chapbooks and self-published books are not eligible. Applications can be submitted by the author or publisher. Visit poets.ca/awards for more information.


Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees, the League’s Newest Anthology Available for Purchase!

Join local poets and poets across Canada in celebrating the launch of Heartwood: Poems for the Love of Trees. With over 100 poems and contributions from League members all over the country, Heartwood is a tribute to and celebration of the timeless impact of nature on Canadian poetry. 

Available through Amazon.ca and directly from the League, proceeds from online sales of Heartwood will help the League help poets and poetry in Canada.


Poetry Updates Straight to Your Inbox

We’re happy to have recently started up a public newsletter that goes out every 4-6 weeks with calls for submissions, writing opportunities, news from the League, and general poetry news and updates! Sign up today to get the best of Canadian poetry straight to your inbox. You can also sign up for our new Feminist Caucus newsletter, Lit Feminist, here.