We are also proud to announce the 2021 Winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award.
Congratulations to the winners, shortlisters, longlisters and publishers!
2021 GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER
Awarded annually since 1981, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized author tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes a first book of poetry published by a Canadian writer in the preceding year. The award carries a $2000 prize and is sponsored by the LCP.
Thank you to the jurors for the 2021 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award: DA Lockhart, Nisha Patel and Phoebe Wang.
Bertrand Bickersteth – The Response of Weeds (NeWest Press, 2020)
Learn more about Bertrand Bickersteth and The Response of Weeds
2021 PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER
Open to Canadian women, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award has been awarded annually since 1981 for a book of poetry published in the preceding year. This prize is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The award carries a $2000 prize, and is sponsored by the LCP.
Thank you to the jurors for the 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award: Puneet Dutt, Doyali Islam and Cassidy McFadzean.
Noor Naga – Washes, Prays (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)
Learn more about Noor Naga and Washes, Prays
2021 RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD WINNER
The Raymond Souster Award was started in 2013 to honour Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award is presented annually for a book of poetry by a League member published in the preceding year. The award carries a $2000 prize, and is sponsored by the LCP.
Thank you to the jurors for the 2021 Raymond Souster Award: Cheryl Antao-Xavier, Jacob MacArthur Mooney and David Martin
Ian Williams – Word Problems (Coach House Books, 2020)
Learn more about Ian Williams and Word Problems
2021 SHERI-D WILSON GOLDEN BERET AWARD WINNER
The Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award is an annual literary prize crafted specifically to highlight the unique strengths and values of spoken word poetry. The Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award honours an established Canadian poet with a history of achievement and performance in spoken word. The award carries a $2000 prize, and is sponsored by Sheri-D Wilson and the LCP.
Learn more about Jillian Christmas
See the shortlists announcement for the 2021 Book Awards
See the longlists announcement for the 2021 Book Awards
Celebrate all the amazing collections of poetry published in Canada in 2020 and 2021 with the LCP’s Pandemic Poetry Catalogue
About the League of Canadian Poets
Established in 1966, the League of Canadian Poets is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, engaging, and promoting poets and poetry in Canada.