Each year, the League is pleased to present three book awards to poets at various stages in their career, as well as a spoken word lifetime achievement award and a young poets prize. In 2016, we launched our inaugural national broadsheet contest, a national poetry contest for individual poems. We are also proud to present the Life Membership, Honorary Membership, and Colleen Thibaudeau awards each year in recognition of an outstanding contribution to poets and poetry in Canada. Shortlists for the annual book awards are announced in April, and winners are announced in June. Scroll down to view past winners and shortlists on each award’s dedicated page.
2018 BOOK AWARD SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Download the application form here.
Find specific guidelines for each award on individual awards pages.
Books must be received at the League office no later than December 14, 2018.
Late parcels will not be processed.
The 2018 winners of the Gerald Lampert & Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, the Raymond Souster Award, the Golden Beret Spoken Word Award, and the Life and Honorary Membership designations are here! View the full announcement.
Otolith by Emily Nilsen (Goose Lane Editions), Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
Indianland by Lesley Belleau (ARP Books), Pat Lowther Memorial Award
Cloud Physics by Karen Enns (University of Regina Press), Raymond Souster Award
Dwayne Morgan, Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award
Marylin Dumont, Life Member
The University of Regina Press, Honorary Member
BOOK AWARD: GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD
for a debut book of poetry | $2,000 prize
BOOK AWARD: PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD
for a book of poetry by a woman | $2,000 prize
BOOK AWARD: RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD
for a book of poetry by a League member | $2,000 prize
SHERI-D WILSON GOLDEN BERET AWARD
for excellence and innovation in spoken word poetry| $2,000 prize
JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE
for Canadian youth