All League-run contests & contest-winning poems, past and present!

Contests currently open to submissions:


Poem In Your Pocket Day Contest

The League is excited to announce that we are officially accepting submissions for inclusion in the Poem in Your Pocket Day Postcards Pack. There will be 10 selections made from contest submissions for the Poem In Your Pocket Postcards. Selected poets will receive $300, the full Poem Postcard Pack, and will be invited to provide an audio recording of their selected poem. LCP Members are invited to enter the contest free of charge and non-members are asked to include a $10 entry fee. Run annually.



Very Small Verse Contest


Very Small Verse Contest: small poems, big ideas. As the saying goes, poetry is everywhere and what easier way to fill our everyday moments with poetry than with micropoems? Micropoems are poems that are spare in size but not in impact, whose ambitions and effects are bigger than the form.

The Very Small Verse Contest invites and challenges poets to submit 4 micropoems - at least six (6) words in length but no more than two hundred (200) characters. Run annually.

The winner will receive $300, publication in the 2023 Poem In Your Pocket Day Booklet, as well as have their poem professionally designed and printed on a T-Shirt or tote bag.


Broadsheet Contest 

What is a broadsheet? By definition, a broadsheet is a large piece of paper printed with information on one side only. In the world of poetry, a broadsheet is a great format in which to share or showcase one stand-out poem – winning this contest will surely do both! 

The winner of the Broadsheet contest will receive $300, publication in the 2023 Poem In Your Pocket Day Booklet, and a special broadsheet of their poem handcrafted by artist Briar Craig. 

Run annually.


The Annual Lesley Strutt Poetry Contest

The Lesley Strutt Poetry Contest is an award that provides a prize for the single best poem submitted to our judges. This contest is open to all poets (professional, emerging, and first-time) in Canada, and is run each summer in memory of poet and friend Lesley Strutt.

Runs each summer.

Now closed.


The Toronto Arts and Letters Club Foundation Annual Poetry Award

A $500 prize, sponsored by the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation, to the best single poem by a poet in the early stages of their career. 

"To advance education by providing scholarships, bursaries and awards to Canadian residents for demonstrated excellence in the arts."

Runs each summer

Now closed.

Past Winners
Very Small Verse
Broadsheet Contest

Haiku Contest