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.

Submissions for book awards are CLOSED. Submissions for books published in 2021 will open September 13, 2021.

Submission Guidelines:

Additional 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 2020) 
  • 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 (Date TBA). If a book is set to be published between (Date TBA) , contact admin@poets.ca to arrange an extension. 

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

See the full Shortlists announcement

See the full Longlists announcement



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