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.
2020 Book Awards
Submissions for book awards for books published in 2020 will open on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Please stay tuned to this page for current submission guidelines, as they will be adjusted to accommodate the administrative impact of COVID-19 on the League office.
- Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (for debut books of poetry)
- Pat Lowther Memorial Award (for books of poetry by women)
- Raymond Souster Award (for new poetry books by active League members)
Additional eligibility guidelines (for all awards):
- Authors must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- Titles must be published in 2020
- 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 Friday November 13, 2020. If a book is set to be published between November 13 and December 31, 2020, contact firstname.lastname@example.org by November 13, 2020 to arrange an extension.
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