Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize

Submissions are now open!

Deadline for the 2022-23 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth is April 30, 2023.


The  Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth was established to foster a lifelong relationship between Canadian youth and the literary arts, specifically poetry. The prize is supported through a generous donation from the Stursberg family and other donors in honour of Jessamy Stursberg. The prize accepts submissions from young poets all across Canada, with three prizes awarded in both the Junior (grades 7 to 9) and Senior (grades 10 to 12) categories:

Winner: $400
Second Place: $350
Third Place: $300

Selected winning poems and runners-up will be published in a special edition of the League of Canadian Poets chapbook series!

Check out the the 2022 winning poems

Check out the 2021 Winning poems

Check out the 2020 & 2021 Jessamy Stursberg Chapbooks

Each youth poet selected for the chapbook will receive complimentary copies and will get to see their poem distributed across Canada.

Complete your submission using the form below. If you have trouble, contact admin@poets.ca

 

 

Students will be informed by June 2023 of the results of the contest.