for a book of poetry by a League member.


The 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 $2,000 prize and it is presented each year at the LCP Annual Conference in June, with the shortlist announced in April.




The 2019 Shortlists are here! Congratulations to all the poets and their publishers!  

 2019 Raymond Souster Award Shortlist:


Anatomic by Adam Dickinson (Coach House Books)
I left nothing inside on purpose by Stevie Howell (McClelland & Stewart)
Welcome to the Anthropocene by Alice Major (University of Alberta Press)
Tar Swan by David Martin (NeWest Press)
Rooster, Dog, Crow by Jim Nason (Frontenac House)
Ledi by Kim Trainor (Book*hug)


The winner of the 2019 Raymond Souster Award will be announced on June 8, 2019 at an Awards Ceremony as part of the League’s Annual General Meeting and Conference.



2018– Karen Enns, White Flag
2017 – Louise Bernice Halfe, Burning in This Midnight Dream
– Lorna Crozier, The Wrong Cat
2015 – Patrick Lane, Washita
2014 – Anne Compton, Alongside
2013 – A.F. Moritz, The New Measures