Poetry News

Attention publishers: 2020 Book Award submissions are now open! 

Publishers and authors may now submit books published in 2019 to the following awards: 

To view the eligibility guidelines and our updated submission process, please visit poets.ca/awards or any of the individual awards pages, linked above. Deadline: December 10, 2019.


Announcing the winners of the 2019 League Awards…

The League of Canadian Poets is proud to announce the winners of our annual awards for 2019: 

Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Winner: Obits. by Tess Liem (Coach House Books)
Pat Lowther Memorial Award Winner: Ekke by Klara du Plessis (Palimpsest Press)
Raymond Souster Award Winner: I left nothing inside on purpose by Stevie Howell (McClelland & Stewart)
Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award Winner: Andrea Thompson 

These awards are given in recognition of incredible talents in Canadian poetry. Each winner will receive $2000, thanks to funding from Canada Council for the Arts,Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and Canada Book Fund. Congratulations to the winning poets and their publishers!  

Find the full awards announcement here to read jurors’ citations, find links to excerpts from the winning poets, and more.  


NEW RELEASE: Thirteen: New Collected Poems from LGBTQI2S Writers in Canada (LCP Chapbook Series) 

Thirteen: New Collected Poems from LGBTQI2S Writers in Canada (#LCPChapbookSeries) is here! 13 poems by 13 poets, exploring complexities of being, perception, experience & relationship, plus an introduction by editor Ali Blythe. $10 limited edition, handbound chapbooks on sale now! Click here to view a list of contributors and to order your copy!


Announcing a new award from the League of Canadian Poets, coming Fall 2019!

The Leon E. & Ann M. Pavlick Poetry Award is being established to honour and encourage an emerging Canadian poet whose work displays ample creativity and promise. It will recognize the ambition of a Canadian poet with a portfolio of work to be excited about! Two prizes will be awarded, one each in the years 2019 & 2020, in the amount of $10,000.

Submissions are set to open in Fall 2019, at which time we will release more information about guidelines, eligibility, and our esteemed jurors! Stay tuned! Click here to learn more about this exciting new award.


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.


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