Awards

Each year, the League is pleased to present three book awards each year, 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 2016 shortlist announcement here, and winner announcement here. All award submissions open in August.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DOYALI ISLAM
WINNER OF OUR INAUGURAL NATIONAL BROADSHEET CONTEST!

Read the announcement and read the winning poem here.

2017 AWARDS SHORTLISTS
TO BE ANNOUNCED THURSDAY, APRIL 6

2017 JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE
WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY, APRIL 25

2018 AWARDS WILL OPEN FOR SUBMISSION ON AUGUST 1


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BOOK AWARD: GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD

for a debut book of poetry

$1,000 prize

Submissions closed; will re-open August 2017

2016 WINNER: Otter by Ben Ladouceur (Coach House Books) | 2016 SHORTLIST

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BOOK AWARD: PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD

for a book of poetry by a female-identifying author

$1,000 prize

Submissions closed; will re-open August 2017

2016 WINNER: The Wrong Cat by Lorna Crozier (McClelland & Stewart) | 2016 SHORTLIST

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BOOK AWARD: RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD

for a book of poetry by a League member

$1,000 prize

Submissions closed; will re-open August 2017

2016 WINNER: The Wrong Cat by Lorna Crozier (McClelland & Stewart) | 2016 SHORTLIST

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SHERI-D WILSON GOLDEN BERET AWARD

for lifetime achievement in spoken word

$1,000 prize

Submissions closed; will re-open August 2017

2016 RECIPIENT: RC WESLOWSKI

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JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE FOR CANADIAN YOUTH

for a poems by young poets in grades 7 to 12

$2,000 in prizes

Submissions closed; will re-open August 2017

2016 WINNERS: PRESS RELEASE