Poetry News

Please note the League office will close April 19 until April 23, 2019 at 9 AM EST for the long weekend. Wishing a safe & happy holiday to all!


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.


We launched #NPM19 with our 2019 Book Awards Longlists…

To launch National Poetry Month, we are thrilled to announce the 2019 Book Awards longlists for the Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, and the Raymond Souster Award. Congratulations to the poets & their publishers! We’re glad to spread the word about your outstanding collections! Find the longlists here.

Shortlists for our Book Awards will be announced Tuesday, April 23 – we can’t wait!


BIPOC Writers Connect: Mentorship, Networking, Training

We’re excited to be partnering with The Writers’ Union of Canadaand the Ontario Arts Council to present BIPOC Writers Connect: Mentorship, Networking, Training, a half-day conference for Black, Indigenous, and racialized emerging writers on October 30, 2019.

This conference is a chance to connect with industry professionals, funding officers, and established writers — all in one place! Presented by The Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets, BIPOC Writers Connectincludes panels, workshops, and one-on-one feedback from a published author.

This event is free for attendees, but advance application is required (deadline, July 7, 2019). Find more details 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!



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!

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

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


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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.