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. Shortlists for the annual book awards are announced in April, and winners are announced in May. Scroll down to view past winners and shortlists on each award’s dedicated page. The League also regularly administers poetry contests!

 

BOOK AWARDS:

See the 2020 Book Awards Winners Announcement

See our 2020 Book Awards Shortlist Announcement

See our 2020 Book Awards Longlist Announcement



 

BOOK AWARD: GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD
for a debut book of poetry | $2,000 prize

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BOOK AWARD: PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD
for a book of poetry by a woman | $2,000 prize

 

 

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BOOK AWARD: RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD
for a book of poetry by a League member | $2,000 prize

 

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SHERI-D WILSON GOLDEN BERET AWARD
for excellence and innovation in spoken word poetry| $2,000 prize

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JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE
for Canadian youth

 

 

 

 

CONTESTS:

Very Small Verse Contest

2020 Winner: Diana Manole “Lovers”

Broadsheet Contest

2020 Winner: Laura Cok “Cosmic Egg Hypothesis”


See our 2019 Winners here

 

2019 Submission guidelines: (SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED)

Additional eligibility guidelines (for all awards): 

  • Authors must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents 
  • Titles must be published in 2019 
  • Submitted titles must have one author. Translators are not eligible as authors 
  • Titles must be at least 48 pages in length, excluding front and back material 
  • If a title is “selected” or “collected” work, it must contain at least 50% new material, measured in pages of text. This percentage must be identified with the submission. 
  • Chapbooks and self-published books are not eligible. 
  • Submissions are welcome in any language, but submissions in a language other than English must be accompanied by a translation (the original language text must have been published in 2019) 
  • Titles may be submitted by a publisher, author, or other nominator 
  • There is a $25.00 submission fee per title, per award that may be paid by credit card or cheque upon confirmation of receipt of the submission. 
  • Submissions must be received by Tuesday, December 10, 2019. If a book is set to be published between December 10 and December 31, 2019, contact admin@poets.ca by November 30, 2019 to arrange an extension. 

Submission process: 

Please note the submission process has been updated to minimize confusion and errors during the submission process! We welcome feedback on this update process – feel free to email nicole@poets.ca with any concerns or comments. 

  • Step one: complete this online form to indicate which books you will be submitting, and to which awards
  • Step two: await e-mail confirmation from the League office confirming a) how many copies of each title to send and b) an invoice for applicable submission fees 
  • Step three: send books to the League Toronto office and submit payment for submission fees online via credit card, or include a cheque with the parcel of books for consideration 

Submissions will include three (3) copies of each title submitted, per award, and one (1) additional copy of each book, as well as a $25.00 submission fee per title, per award. 

Longlists and shortlists for the 2020 book awards will be announced in April 2020, and the winner will be announced in May 2020.