Introducing: Poem-a-Day, presented by Poets.ca! Poem-a-Day’s name tells it like it is: one poem shared by the League, Monday-Sunday, each month, all year – starting late 2018. Until now, our call for submissions has been exclusive to members of the League but, in the spirit of National Poetry Month, we are happily opening the call to all Canadians!
To view our submissions guidelines or sign up early to receive a Poem-a-Day directly to your inbox, visit our website: http://poets.ca/poemaday/
Thank you for helping us build this exciting venture in Canadian poetry!
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth: Aminah Attar, Stephanie Chang, Stephanie Cui, Leeloo Legange, Melanie Thompson, and Connie Xie! Congratulations to all winners as well as the honorable mentions (which you can find here)! Don’t miss the chance to read the winners’ full poems, interviews, and jurors’ comments! Thank you to our jurors for the junior category — Heidi Greco, Robin Richardson, and Carol Casey — and the senior category — Richard Osler, Bren Simmers, Cheryl Antao-Xavier, and Greg Santos!
Congratulations to our 2018 National Broadsheet Contest winner, Leah MacLean-Evans! Her winning poem “Name Me After a Fish” was selected by this year’s judge and the winner of last year’s inaugural contest, Doyali Islam for its “subtle vulnerabilities and playful humour.” Read her full poem and comments from Doyali Islam here.
We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Book Awards longlists for the Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, and the Raymond Souster Award. Shortlists for these and the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award will be announced Monday, April 30, 2018! Check out the stellar longlists selected by our jurors, and stay tuned to see who makes the shortlists.
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.