Awards & Contests

Submissions for the League's Book Awards are now open, until November 20, 2023. 

Book Awards

celebrating poetry

Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

for a debut book of poetry

The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors’ tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes a first book of poetry published by a Canadian. The award carries a $2,000 prize and is awarded annually in May. 

Pat Lowther Memorial Award

for a book of poetry by a woman

The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is awarded memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975.  This award is inclusive of trans women and non-binary individuals who feel comfortable being recognized by a women’s prize. The Pat Lowther Memorial Award carries a $2000 prize and is awarded annually in May. 

Raymond Souster Award

for a book of poetry by a League member

The Raymond Souster Award honours Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets, and carries a $2000 prize, awarded annually in May.

Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth

The  Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth was established to foster a lifelong relationship between Canadian youth and the literary arts, specifically poetry. The prize is supported through a generous donation from the Stursberg family and other donors in honour of Jessamy Stursberg.

The prize accepts submissions from young poets all across Canada, with three prizes awarded in both the Junior (grades 7 to 9) and Senior (grades 10 to 12) categories:

  • Winner: $400
  • Second Place: $350
  • Third Place: $300


Where poetry wins big!

Cold Moon Contests

Run annually November 15 – January 20. Winners announced on March 21 (World Poetry Day).

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Summer Lovin Contests

Run annually, June 1 – August 10. Winners announced September 20.

Our jurors will evaluate each entry based on its originality, creativity, emotional impact, and mastery of language. The winners and honourable mentions will receive recognition on, and one outstanding poem from each contest will receive $500 and appear in Poetry Pause!

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Member Exclusive Contests

Runs annually September 15 – October 30Winners announced March 21 (World Poetry Day).

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Past Winners

Celebrate the incredible poetry from contests, prizes and book awards from recent years