Canada Poetry Tours funding

allffundSPECIAL FUNDING WINDOW: For readings taking place in January, February, and March 2019, we will be accepting applications in November 2018.

BOOK TOUR RESERVATION REQUESTS: Members with books forthcoming in 2019 may now submit requests to reserve readings to be used after April 1, 2019. Download the request form to view guidelines and more on how to request reserved readings. Requests must be received by December 1, 2018.

For readings taking place between April 1 and September 30, submit applications between January 15 and February 15.

For readings taking place between September 1 and March 31, submit applications between July 1 and August 1.

Applications for reserved readings may be submitted any time at least 3 weeks prior to the reading date.

We do accept late applications that will be added to our waitlist; however, there is a chance that a waitlisted application would not be approved until after the date of the reading. Waitlisted events should be scheduled to take place even if funding is not approved.

Download the CPT Reading Funding Application (PDF).

  • Host must contact poet to confirm availability and request permission to apply for funding on the poet’s behalf, prior to submitting application.
  • Publishers are not eligible hosts.
  • Application Form and Administrative Fee payment must be submitted by the host. Administrative fees will be processed for approved readings only, and are non-refundable.
  • Submissions may be made via email to, fax to 416-504-0096, or by mail.
  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in writing either by mail or email.
  • Payments of honoraria and travel expenses are made by the League directly to poets after the reading.
  • Funding for cancelled readings may not be held by a host and is not transferable.
  • This program cannot fund readings for which honoraria and/or travel costs are funded by another Canada Council program.
  • Please allow 2 – 3 weeks for processing after the close of the posted deadline.
  • Please print clearly. Incomplete/illegible applications will not be considered for funding.
  • Readings are distributed on a first come, first served basis with equalized allotment among all provinces and territories.

Download the CPT Reading Funding Application (PDF).


  • Poet must be a full member of the League in good standing. To search our online directory for active League members please visit LCP Member Directory.
  • POET LIMIT: five (5) full readings per two (2) fiscal years.
  • HOST LIMIT: four (4) full readings per one (1) fiscal year.
  • Publishers may not apply for funding through this program.
  • Readings may take place anywhere within Canada. Non-eligible venues include elementary and secondary schools, conferences, workshops, panels/discussions, and fundraising events.
  • Past track record of host and poet will be considered.


FULL READING (solo, 30 minutes or more) – $250 reading honorarium, up to $300 travel expenses, paid directly to the poet by the League after the event.

HALF READING (joint, under 30 minutes)  – $125 reading  honorarium, up to $150 travel expenses, paid directly to the poet by the League after the event.

Accommodation and per diems (cost of meals) are not eligible for funding through CPT.



Hosts and Poets must use logos of both the League of Canadian Poets and Canada Council for the Arts on ALL promotional materials. Click here to download applicable logos.

In the fall, members with forthcoming books can request to reserve funding for up to three (3) full readings to be used the following year. Members must be in good standing. Download the form to view more guidelines and information on how to request reserved readings. Requests must be received by December 1.

To claim reserved readings, host(s) must submit an application 3-4 weeks in advance of the reading.

Reserved readings are limited and are distributed on a first come first serve basis. Unused reserved readings cannot be carried forward to the following year. Book Tour Funding may not be reserved for two consecutive years. Any unused book tour funding will be redistributed to other members.


Poets or hosts may contact the League office to request additional travel reimbursement for reading tours in remote, Northern, and small communities. This must be requested and confirmed at the time of application.

For travel to and from remote, Northern and small communities, organizers may request up to double the travel maximums when it organizes a minimum of three (3) full readings or six (6) joint readings for the same writer. It must also provide a written statement with information about the event for which funding is being requested.

For travel to and from official language minority communities, organizers may request an additional twenty (20) percent of the total cost of a reading.

Remote communities: settlements with 1,000 or less population, with a population density of 400 or less inhabitants per square kilometer.

Northern communities: above the 54th line of parallel and in Labrador.

Small communities: communities with less than 100,000 inhabitants.

Official Language Minority Communities: Writers and host organizations of official language minority communities are groups of people that share a common language, English or French, distinct from the linguistic majority of the province or territory in which they live. (Section 41 of the Official Languages Act).