League Awards

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. 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.

Click here to view a list of all League contests and contest-winning poems. 

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

The 2019 Book Awards Shortlists are here!

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Book Awards shortlists for the Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, and the Raymond Souster Award. Congratulations to all of the longlisted poets and their publishers! A big thank you to this year’s jurors Robert Colman, Adebe DeRango-Adem, Amanda Earl, Brenda Liefso, Kathy Mac, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Maurice Mierau and Shane Neilson, and Concetta Principe.

The winners – who will each receive $2000 thanks to funding from Canada Council for the Arts , Ontario Arts CouncilToronto Arts Council, and Canada Book Fund – will be announced on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, at a special awards ceremony to be held during the League of Canadian Poets’ Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting. At this time, the winner of the 2019 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Spoken Word will also be announced. We will be live-tweeting the big reveal, so be sure to follow @CanadianPoets to be among the first to find out who wins!

Get to know the 2019 shortlist:

 

 

 

Want to see even more from the 2019 awards? View the 2019 Book Awards longlists here!

 


 

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