membership

The League of Canadian Poets offers four (4) levels of membership open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Applications for Full and Associate membership are assessed by an elected Membership Committee.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Membership is automatically billed annually at the beginning of each fiscal year (April 1). Fees for new members are pro-rated based on the month during which membership is approved.
  • Current members wishing to update any of their contact information should fill out a Member Info Update (click link to download) and email it to info@poets.ca. Please only complete the fields you wish to update.
  • Past members who have not been an active member of the League for longer than one (1) year and wish to re-join the League should fill out out a Membership Renewal (click link to download) and email it to info@poets.ca.
  • Applications for membership can be emailed to info@poets.ca or mailed to  The League of Canadian Poets, 192 Spadina Avenue, Suite 312, Toronto ON M5T 2C2.


FULL MEMBERSHIP
($185.00/yr)

Full Membership Application (click to download pdf)

Eligibility:

Poets who have published at least one (1) trade book or two (2) chapbooks, or produced sufficient number of poetry tapes, videos or CDs, or have sufficient publication of poetry in recognized literary periodicals, e-zines and/or anthologies that, in the opinion of the Membership Committee, is the equivalent of book publication and is of sufficient poetic achievement to merit membership in the LCP.

Poets who write in languages other than English and French are required to produce a letter of recommendation in English from a recognized literary authority who reads and/or orally comprehends the language in which the applicant’s poetry is written and published.

Benefits:

  • A one year subscription to the LCP’s monthly electronic newsletter
  • Participation at Annual General Meetings
  • Participation on members’ listserve
  • Participation in the LCP’s Reading Programs
  • One guaranteed Canada Poetry Tours half reading in the first year of membership ($125 value).
  • Full listing (photo, biography and bibliography) on the LCP website
  • Participation in the National Poetry Month readings and events
  • Promotion of your readings through the Events & Readings sections and in the newsletter
  • You will be eligible to stand for any National Council, committees or awards jury positions at the AGM elections
  • Promotion of member’s book releases and poetry related activities through our electronic newsletter
  • Benefits plan through the Writers’ Coalition Program

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP ($70.00/yr)
Associate Membership Application (click to download pdf)

Eligibility:

Associate membership is for those who are writing poetry and have publishing credits or are performing regularly but who have not yet met the requirements for full membership. Associate membership is also open to students in creative writing programs at the college and university level. The applicant will pay the discounted Student Membership fee of $30, for the duration of their studies but will be accepted as an Associate Member.

Benefits:

  • A one year subscription to the LCP’s monthly electronic newsletter
  • Participation at Annual General Meeting
  • Participation in the New Members reading at the Annual Conference and Poetry Festival
  • Participation on members’ listserve
  • Participation in the National Poetry Month readings and events (eligible for reading fee)
  • Promotion of your readings through the Events & Readings sections and in the newsletter
  • Promotion of member’s book releases and poetry related activities through our electronic newsletter
  • You are eligible to sit on National Council as Associate Members Representative
  • Benefits plan through the Writers’ Coalition Program
  • Eligible to become a full member upon publication of a full collection or equivalent (please see above eligibility for Full membership).
  • May sit on the Education Committee and may join the Feminist Caucus
  • May make recommendations to National Council
  • May lead projects which promote poetry in their community and may apply to the National Council for League sponsorship for these projects

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP ($30.00/yr)
Student Membership Application (click to download pdf)

Eligibility:

Student membership is for secondary school students with an interest in writing poetry.

Benefits:

  • A one year subscription to the LCP’s monthly electronic newsletter
  • Participation at Annual General Meeting
  • Participation on members’ listserve
  • Benefits plan through the Writers’ Coalition Program

College and University Students:
Post-secondary students currently enrolled in a creative writing program at college and university level are now eligible to apply for Associate Membership, with appropriate proof of enrollment and are eligible for the discounted fee of $30.00 for the duration of their studies, should their application be accepted. Download the Associate Membership Application pdf form.


SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP ($110.00/yr)
Supporting Membership Application (click to download pdf)

Benefits:

  • Charitable tax receipt for $70.00
  • A one year subscription to the LCP’s monthly electronic newsletter
  • Participation at the Annual General Meeting
  • Participation on members’ listserve
  • Benefits plan through the Writers’ Coalition Program

WAYS OF SUPPORTING THE LEAGUE

If you do not wish to become a member at this time, but would still like to support the League and its programs, please consider making a donation. Your financial support will help us deliver many important programs – such as National Poetry Month, poetry awards, promotion of Canadian poetry books that children, students, teachers, librarians and people across Canada have come to depend on each year. Visit Donate Now page for more information.