Raymond Souster Award

sousterThe Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member. The award honours Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award carries a $1,000 prize and it is presented each year at the LCP Annual Conference in June, with the shortlist announced in April.

SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED FOR BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2017
SUBMISSIONS OPENING IN AUGUST FOR 2018 TITLES

GUIDELINES:

  • The author must be a member of the League of Canadian Poets, with dues paid in full.
  • The title musthave been published in 2017 and must have one author. Translators are not eligible as authors. 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.
  • The title must be at least 48 pages in length, excluding front and back material. Chapbooks and self-published books are not eligible.
  • 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.
  • $25.00 submission fee may be paid by credit card or by cheque made out to the League of Canadian Poets.
  • Submissions must be post-marked no later than November 30, 2017. If an extension is required due to the printing schedule of a book, please contact admin@poets.ca by to arrange in advance.
  • NON-MEMBERS: If you would like to apply for membership in order to be eligible for the Souster award a membership application must be submitted to League office no later than September 1. Do not submit your title for the Souster award until you have received written notification of your membership application status.

DOWNLOAD THE 2018 BOOK AWARD SUBMISSION FORM HERE.
Please note: this is a new form that may be used to submit multible books to multiple awards. If you have any questions, contact nicole@poets.ca

2017 WINNER

Burning in This Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

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2017 RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD SHORTLIST

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

2017 – Louise Bernice Halfe, Burning in This Midnight Dream
2016
– Lorna Crozier, The Wrong Cat
2015 – Patrick Lane, Washita
2014 – Anne Compton, Alongside
2013 – A.F. Moritz, The New Measures