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.


Announcing the winner of the 2019 National Broadsheet Contest…

Congratulations to the winner of the League’s 3rd annual National Broadsheet Contest, Eleonore Schönmaier! Eleonore’s winning poem, “it didn’t happen here” was selected by our judge D.A. Lockhart for its “strong images, and captivating lyric voice.” This year, our judge felt there were so many notable submissions that he also selected Phillip Crymble’s poem The Country East of Rossville, Indiana as Runner-Up and three Honourable Mentions, by poets Lenea Grace, Kim Fahner, and Katherine Pilon! Read these outstanding poems here


Collected Haiku (LCP Chapbook Series, 2019) now available for sale!

Introducing Collected Haiku, the first edition of the LCP Chapbook Series. Handbound pocket-sized chapbook of 22 haiku by 16 different poets, selected by Claudia Coutu Radmore, Terry Ann Carter, and Naomi Beth Wakan from submissions to the League of Canadian Poets’ 2018 Haiku Contest. Outstanding entries to our most popular contest to date. Click here for a list of contributors and to purchase this limited edition micro-chapbook!


Announcing the winner of the Very Small Verse Contest…

We received over 600 tiny poems as entries to the League’s first Very Small Verse Contest and from those, our wonderful judge Souvankham Thammavongsa selected a haiku written by kjmunro as the stand-out winner! Click here to read kjmunro’s contest-winning tiny poem plus three honourable mentions by Valerie Dawn, sophie anne edwards, and Lisa Hazelwood-Goudie! Congratulations to this year’s winners; we can’t wait to run the contest again next year!


LCP Chapbook Series: Call for Black Poets

Now accepting submissions for a chapbook which will spotlight the work of Black poets, to be published in 2020. In celebration of contemporary writing in Canada, the chapbook will amplify Black voices, playing a part in doing-away with single-thread narratives of the Black Canadian experience. We specifically encourage writers with intersecting marginalized identities to submit. Our guest editor, Chelene Knight, wants to see writing that pushes the rigid boundaries of form and writing that’s infused with an unapologetic voice. To view the full call, click here. Deadline: October 31, 2019.


Subscribe to Poetry Pause for your daily delivery of Canadian poetry!

Introducing #PoetryPause, the League’s daily poetry dispatch. Poetry Pause delivers more than a poem; it delivers the chance for folks to pause for poetry – to spare a few minutes each day for words that heal, inspire, and sustain. And we’re always accepting submissions!

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