Pat Lowther Memorial Award

lowtherThe Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The award carries a $1,000 prize. It is presented each year at the LCP Annual Conference in June, with the shortlist announced in April.




  • Author must identify as female and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident/landed immigrant.
  • The title must conform to the UNESCO definition of a book, and be at least 48 pages in length, excluding front and back material. Chapbooks are not eligible.
  • The book must have been published in 2016. Must have one author. Translators are not eligible as authors.
  • The book must be published by a reputable press with an independent editorial process and publishing program. Self published books are not eligible.
  • If the book is “selected” or “collected” work, it must contain at least 50% new material, measured in pages of text. This percentage must be identified by the nominator upon submission.
  • A book may be submitted in any language. Submissions in a language other than English must be accompanied by a translation.
  • The book may be submitted by publisher, author or other nominator.
  • The submission package must contain a completed Pat Lowther Award Submission Form, four (4) copies** of the title and a $25.00 handling fee (non-refundable). A brief biography and bibliography of the author should be included as well.
  • Please make cheques payable to the League of Canadian Poets. Cash payments will not be accepted.
  • We regret that books cannot be returned.

* Submissions must be post-marked no later than November 1 and mailed to 312 – 192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto ON M5T 2C2. An extension until December 15 may be granted for books being released after November 1. A request for an extension must be emailed to before November 1. No entries will be accepted after 5:00 pm on December 15.

** When submitting a title for more than one award, please include three (3) copies per award plus one (1) additional copy for League office. For example,  if a title is being submitted for both Lowther and Lampert awards include seven (7) copies of the book.

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

The Wrong Cat Lorna Crozier



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