for a book of poetry by a woman author.
The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. This award honours books by woman-identifying folks. The award carries a $2,000 prize and it is presented each year at the LCP Annual Conference in June, with the shortlist announced in April.
2020 BOOK AWARD SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Book award submissions are now open!
Deadline: December 10, 2019
Publishers and authors may now submit books published in 2019 to the following awards:
- Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (for debut books of poetry)
- Pat Lowther Memorial Award (for books of poetry by women)
- Raymond Souster Award (for new poetry books by active League members)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30, 2019 to arrange an extension.
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 email@example.com with any concerns or comments.
- Step one: complete this online form to indicate which books you will be submitting, and to which awards https://forms.gle/GmLW4kD2SD4D5XQz5
- 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 at the League of Canadian Poets Annual Conference and AGM!
he 2019 Pat Lowther Memorial Award goes to…
Ekke by Klara du Plessis (Palimpsest Press)
From the publisher: Multilingually inflected, Klara du Plessis’ first collection of poetry explores the multiplicity of self through language, occupying a liminal space between South Africa and Canada. A sequence of visceral, essay-like long poems, du Plessis’ writing straddles the lyrical and intellectual, traversing landscapes and fine arts canvases. Ekke is a watershed debut from one of Canada’s most exciting young voices.
From the jurors: An intelligent book constructed of long poems, Ekke reflects on the strange vagrancy of meaning and slippage of sounds between different languages. Both politically conscious and aesthetically beautiful, Ekke reads like a combination of the best parts of Lisa Robertson and M. Travis Lane: brainy and beautiful meditation with a beating lyric heart.
Klara du Plessis is a poet residing in Montreal. Her debut collection, Ekke, was released from Palimpsest Press in 2018; and her chapbook, Wax Lyrical—shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award—was published by Anstruther Press in 2015. Klara is the editor for carte blanche magazine, a PhD English Literature student at Concordia University, and currently expanding her curatorial practice to include experimental Deep Curation poetry reading events. Follow her @ToMakePoesis.
To see the 2019 Book Awards shortlists, click here.
Thank you to our 2019 jury: Robert Colman, Brenda Leifso, and Shane Neilson.
2018 Lesley Belleau, Indianland
2017 Sue Sinclair, Heaven’s Thieves
2016 Lorna Crozier, The Wrong Cat
2015 Sina Queyras, M x T
2014 Alexandra Oliver, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway
2013 Rachel Rose, Song and Spectacle
2012 Sue Goyette, outskirts
2011 Evelyn Lau, Living Under Plastic
2010 Karen Solie, Pigeon
2009 Alice Major, The Office Tower Tales
2008 Anne Simpson, Quick
2007 Sina Queyras, Lemon Hound
2006 Sylvia Legis, Nerve Squall
2005 Roo Borson, Short Journey Upriver toward Oishida
2004 Betsy Struthers, Still
2003 Dionne Brand, thirsty
2002 Heather Spears, Required Reading: A Witness in Words and Drawings to the Reena Virk Trials 1998-2000
2001 Sharon Thesen, A Pair of Scissors
2000 Esta Spalding, Lost August
1999 Hilary Clark, More Light
1998 Barbara Nickel, The Gladys Elegies
1997 Marilyn Bowering, Autobiography
1996 Lorna Crozier, Everything Arrives at the Light
1995 Beth Goobie, Scars of Light
1994 Diana Brebner, The Golden Lotus
1993 Lorna Crozier, Inventing the Hawk
1992 Kate Braid, Covering Rough Ground
1991 Karen Connelly, The Small Words in My Body
1990 Patricia Young, The Mad and Beautiful Mothers
1989 Heather Spears, The Word for Sand
1988 Gwendolyn MacEwen, Afterworlds
1987 Heather Spears, How to Read Faces
1986 Erin Moure, Domestic Fuel
1985 Paulette Jiles, Celestial Navigation
1984 Bronwen Wallace, Signs of the Former Tenant
1983 Rhea Tregebov, Remembering History
1982 Rona Murray, Journey
1981 M. Travis Lane, Divinations and Short Poems 1973-1978