League awards and contests

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. View the 2017 winners here and shortlist announcement here!

View a list of contests, prizes, and awards from magazines and other organizations here!

EXTENDED DEADLINE:
The Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Spoken Word is accepting
nominations until December 1  December 31!

The National Broadsheet Contest is accepting submissions
of single poems from members and non-members until December 1.

The Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize is accepting submissions
from until December 1, 2017.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 AWARD WINNERS:
d’bi.young anitafrika,
winner of the Golden Beret Award for spoken word
Ingrid Ruthig,
winner of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
Sue Sinclair,
winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award
Louise Bernice Halfe,
winner of the Raymond Souster Award

READ THE SIX WINNING POEMS FROM OUR
2017 JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE!


lampert

BOOK AWARD: GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD
for a debut book of poetry | $1,000 prize

2017 SHORTLIST | 2017 WINNER: This Being by Ingrid Ruthig (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

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lowther

BOOK AWARD: PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD
for a book of poetry by a female-identifying author | $1,000 prize

2017 SHORTLIST | 2017 WINNER: Heaven’s Thieves by Sue Sinclair (Brick Books)

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souster

BOOK AWARD: RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD
for a book of poetry by a League member | $1,000 prize

2017 SHORTLIST | 2017 winner: Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

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SHERI-D WILSON GOLDEN BERET AWARD
for lifetime achievement in spoken word | $1,000 prize

2017 SHORTLIST | 2017 winner: d’bi.young anitafrika

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jess

JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE FOR CANADIAN YOUTH
for poems by young poets in grades 7 to 12 | $2,000 in prizes

2017 WINNERS