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 books published in 2021 are now open!

Deadline is November 30, 2021.

Open awards:

Eligibility guidelines for all awards: 

  • Authors must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents 
  • Submitted titles must have one author. Translators are not eligible as authors 
  • Titles must be at least 48 pages in length, excluding front and back material 
  • If a title is “selected” or “collected” work, it must contain at least 50% new material, measured in pages of text. This percentage must be identified with the submission. 
  • Chapbooks and self-published books are not eligible. 
  • Submissions are welcome in any language, but submissions in a language other than English must be accompanied by a translation (the original language text must have been published in 2021) 
  • Titles may be submitted by a publisher, author, or other nominator 
  • There is a $25.00 submission fee per title, per award that may be paid by credit card or cheque upon confirmation of receipt of the submission. 
  • Submissions must be received by November 30, 2021. If a book is set to be published between November 30 and December 31, 2021, contact admin@poets.ca to arrange an extension. 

 



 

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

The 2021 Winner of the Very Small Verse Contest is “Sometimes” by Rae Crossman

Broadsheet Contest

The 2021 Winner of the Broadsheet Contest is “Beekeeping” by Kim Fahner


Past Winners and Lists:

See the 2021 Book Awards Winners

See the 2020 Book Awards Winners 

See the 2019 Book Awards Winners