League Awards and Contests

Each year, the League is pleased to present three book awards to poets at various stages in their career, as well as a spoken word lifetime achievement award and a young poets prize. Shortlists for the annual book awards are announced in April, and winners are announced in May. Scroll down to view past winners and shortlists on each award’s dedicated page, as well as contests administered by the League.

Submissions for Poetry Book Awards for books published in 2020 are CLOSED. No exceptions can be made at this time.

Thank you to the authors and publishers who submitted all their incredible new poetry titles to our awards! Our longlist will be announced on April 6, 2021.



 

BOOK AWARD: GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD
for a debut book of poetry | $2,000 prize

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BOOK AWARD: PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD
for a book of poetry by a woman | $2,000 prize

 

 

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BOOK AWARD: RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD
for a book of poetry by a League member | $2,000 prize

 

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SHERI-D WILSON GOLDEN BERET AWARD
for excellence and innovation in spoken word poetry| $2,000 prize

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JESSAMY STURSBERG POETRY PRIZE
for Canadian youth

 

 

 

 

CONTESTS:

Very Small Verse Contest

2020 Winner: Diana Manole “Lovers”

Broadsheet Contest

2020 Winner: Laura Cok “Cosmic Egg Hypothesis”


2020 Winners and Lists:

See the 2020 Book Awards Winners Announcement

See our 2020 Book Awards Shortlist Announcement

See our 2020 Book Awards Longlist Announcement

 

See our 2019 Winners here