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.

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2021 Raymond Souster Award:

Ian Williams – Word Problems (Coach House)

2021 RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD SHORTLIST

Sadiqa de Meijer – The Outer Wards (Véhicule Press/Signal Poetry, 2020)

Klara du Plessis – Hell Light Flesh (Palimpsest Press, 2020)

Jessie Jones – The Fool (Goose Lane Editions, 2020)

Michael Prior – Burning Province (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)

John Elizabeth Stintzi – Junebat (House of Anansi Press, 2020)

Ian Williams – Word Problems (Coach House Books, 2020)


2021 RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD LONGLIST

Sadiqa de Meijer – The Outer Wards (Véhicule Press/Signal Poetry, 2020)

Klara du Plessis – Hell Light Flesh (Palimpsest Press, 2020)

Phil Hall – Niagara & Government (Pedlar Press, 2020)

Jessie Jones – The Fool (Goose Lane Editions, 2020)

Canisia Lubrin – The Dyzgraphxst (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)

Jessica Moore – The Whole Singing Ocean (Nightwood Editions, 2020)

Tyler Pennock – Bones (Brick Books, 2020)

Michael Prior – Burning Province (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)

Meredith Quartermain – Lullabies in the Real World (NeWest Press, 2020)

Lisa Richter – Nautilus and Bone (Frontenac House, 2020)

John Elizabeth Stintzi – Junebat (House of Anansi Press, 2020)

Ian Williams – Word Problems (Coach House Books, 2020)

 

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


Submissions for book awards are CLOSED. Submissions for books published in 2021 will open in September 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 Friday November 13, 2020. If a book is set to be published between November 13 and December 31, 2020, contact admin@poets.ca by November 13, 2020 to arrange an extension. 

 

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

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