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. The League also regularly administers poetry contests! 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 League of Canadian Poets is proud to announce the winners of our annual awards for 2019:
Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Winner: Obits. by Tess Liem (Coach House Books)
Pat Lowther Memorial Award Winner: Ekke by Klara du Plessis (Palimpsest Press)
Raymond Souster Award Winner: I left nothing inside on purpose by Stevie Howell (McClelland & Stewart)
Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award Winner: Andrea Thompson
These awards are given in recognition of incredible talents in Canadian poetry. Each winner will receive $2000, thanks to funding from Canada Council for the Arts , Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and Canada Book Fund. Congratulations to the winning poets and their publishers!
Find the full awards announcement here to read jurors’ citations, find links to excerpts from the winning poets, and more. See the 2019 Book Awards shortlists here. 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
BOOK AWARD: PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD
for a book of poetry by a woman | $2,000 prize
BOOK AWARD: RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD
for a book of poetry by a League member | $2,000 prize
SHERI-D WILSON GOLDEN BERET AWARD
for excellence and innovation in spoken word poetry| $2,000 prize
JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE
for Canadian youth