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The 2019 Book Award Shortlists are here!

The League of Canadian Poets is proud to present the 2019 Book Awards Shortlists, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award.

The winners – who will each receive $2000 thanks to funding from Canada Council for the Arts , Ontario Arts CouncilToronto Arts Council, and Canada Book Fund – will be announced on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, at a special awards ceremony to be held during the League of Canadian Poets’ Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting. At this time, the winner of the 2019 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Spoken Word will also be announced. We will be live-tweeting the big reveal, so be sure to follow @CanadianPoets to be among the first to find out who wins!

In the meantime, we’ve got some exciting things planned to help you get to know the poets and their nominated works. Be sure to follow our News page and social media accounts throughout May and June to meet the shortlisters! View jurors’ comments and the full shortlists here.


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.


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.


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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Poetry Pause delivers more than a daily poem; it delivers the chance for folks to pause for poetry.  Sign up for Poetry Pause and spare a few minutes each day for words that heal, inspire, and sustain.

We’re always accepting submissions! To view submission guidelines, click here. Thank you for helping us build this exciting venture in Canadian poetry!


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