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Call for Submissions: From My Window: a collection of poetry from Atlantic Canada

Open to members of the League living and practicing in the Atlantic provinces.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize!

Read the winning poems and find out about our winners

Congratulations to:


1st Place: “On Jasmine” by Kate O’Connor

2nd place: “Heirloom” by Nazanin Soghrati

3rd place: “Seventeen Years Told Through Flowers” by Kira Belaoussoff



1st place: “Jellie Catching” by Crystal Peng

2nd place: “him.” by Max Schlodder

3rd place: “Azadi (Freedom)” by Zara Zafar

Statement of Support for Black and Indigenous People and Communities

The League of Canadian Poets stands in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and other marginalized communities who have been the targets and victims of racism, prejudice, police brutality, and acts of violence. We support all who speak out, take action, and peacefully protest to bring an end to systemic racism.

We are angry and we grieve the lives of all who have been lost at the hands of police violence, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, D’Andre Campbell, Eishia Hudson, and all others.

Poetry has always been a means to bring words to the unspeakable, to offer hope in times of hopelessness, and build strong and compassionate communities. Poetry continues to be a stronghold on which we can place our humanity, our compassion, and goodwill towards all.

The League of Canadian Poets is committed to being a catalyst for change and empathy for the arts community. We will continue to work together to support and amplify the voices of racialized and marginalized artists.

We have gathered a list of resources and organizations that support this goal, please see: Resources and Organizations to support BIPOC

2020 Poetry Awards: and the winners are…

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Read the Shortlist Announcement

Read the Longlist Announcement

The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

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Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2019), and the poet must be Canadian.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of eligible chapbooks. Translations into English from other languages are eligible.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2020 Submission Form), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, email address, and telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The opening date for receipt of submissions is Feb. 1, 2020, and they will be accepted until May 31, 2020. If submission confirmation has not been received by email by June 30, 2020, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

Congratulations to the 2020 winners of the League’s Broadsheet and Very Small Verse contests! Read the poems here

2020 Broadsheet contest Winner: Laura Cok, "cosmic Egg Hypothesis" and 2020 Very Small Verse Contest Winner is Diana Manole "Lovers"

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