The League of Canadian Poets is excited to launch our first online silent auction fundraising event! We invite you to join us for this online event, and bid on these beautiful items that have been donated to the League. It is a wonderful opportunity to help the League raise much-needed funds, while getting access to exclusive and exciting items. On Monday, November 20, we will be opening an online silent auction featuring beautiful gifts, prize packs, and special literary packages that will pique the desire of any poet (or poetry lover). Bids may be placed until November 24, 2017.
After an incredible first year, we are excited to be accepting submissions for the second annual national broadsheet contest! Judge Doyali Islam, winner of the inaugural contest, will select a winning poem for publication as a broadsheet designed and printed by Briar Craig on handmade paper. The winner will receive 10 copies of their custom broadsheet, be included in the Poem in Your Pocket day booklet, and be featured online. The winning poet will also receive a free one-year membership with the League! Submit by December 1, 2017. Visit poets.ca/broadsheet for more information!
Our three annual book awards will be accepting submissions from September 5 to November 31, 2017. We have an updated form for all three awards, so please check out awards page for complete details! Each prize awards $1,000 to the winner: the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for a book by a female-identifying author, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for a debut collection of poetry, and the Raymond Souster Award for a book by a League members.
From August 1 to December 1, 2017, we will be accepting submissions for our Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize. With over $2,000 in cash prizes, this poetry prize is an exciting opportunity for poets in grades 7 to 12 to submit their work! The winning poems are also published on our website each year–check out the 2017 winners here. Find out more about how to submit at poets.ca/stursberg.
Nominations for the annual Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Spoken Word are open from August 1 to December 1, 2017. This award honours a Canadian spoken word artist who has made a substantial contribution to the development of spoken word, through the originality and excellence of his or her own writing/performance works, and through involvement in—and contributions to—the expansion of the spoken word community. Find out more at poets.ca/goldenberet.
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