Raymond Souster Award

for a book of poetry by a League member.


The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member. The award honours Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award carries a $2,000 prize.

View poets.ca/awards for the most up-to-date award submission and eligibility information.

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2021 Raymond Souster Award:

Ian Williams – Word Problems (Coach House)


Thanks to the jurors for the 2021 Raymond Souster Award: Cheryl Antao-Xavier, Jacob MacArthur Mooney and David Martin

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2020 Winner: Unmeaningable by Roxanna Bennett

2020 Longlist

2020 Shortlist

2019 – Stevie Howell, I left nothing inside on purpose

2018– Karen Enns, Cloud Physics

2017 – Louise Bernice Halfe, Burning in This Midnight Dream

2016 – Lorna Crozier, The Wrong Cat

2015 – Patrick Lane, Washita

2014 – Anne Compton, Alongside

2013 – A.F. Moritz, The New Measures