• Arts Councils & Organizations for Writers & Publishers

  • Editorial Support

  • Resources for Teachers

  • Poetry Contests, Prizes & Awards in Canada

  • Literary Festivals

  • Poetry Guides & Tips

Arts Councils & Organizations for Writers

If you are an emerging writer or arts organizer looking for funding to help get your project off the ground, grants can feel imposing at best–and impossible at worst. If your project is still new, we recommend looking into funding at a municipal level–ask or search around to see if your city has something like the Toronto Arts Council, which provides funding to artists and projects based in Toronto that engage the Toronto community. If no municipal funding is available, check out your provincial arts organization for grant opportunities! Many of the websites are comprehensive and helpful, but the grant officers are always open to helping guide you through your first application. You can find the contact information for your program’s officer on the website, generally; or if it’s not there, you can simply call and ask. The officers want to help you write a successful application!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s understanding the guidelines or figuring out how to propose a budget. Check out these top 10 grant-writing tips from the Toronto Arts Council as you hunker down with your next application!

Membership-based organizations often have programs in place that will benefit their members–for instance, here at the League we have three funding programs that organizers can apply to for assistance funding a League member’s reading. Arts organizers and hosts may find it beneficial to check out provincial writers’ organizations as well as national organizations to find out if their funding programs may work into your event planning.

  • The Canada Council for the Arts provides significant funding to established artists and organizations all across Canada. Their literary program offers grants to publishers, writers, and other literary organizers.
  • The Writers’ Union of Canada‘s (TWUC) members are established writers of any genre or style.
  • The Writers’ Trust of Canada offers some of Canada’s largest literary awards to emerging, mid-career, and established writers in all genres, as well as running Canada’s most sought-after residency and a new fellowship program.
  • PEN Canada is the Canadian Centre of International PEN, the world association of writers. PEN works on behalf of writers who are persecuted by governments for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression.
  • British Columbia: The BC Arts Council provides funding to artists in BC, with grants, scholarships, and awards. They have a grant for individual writers’ projects with a deadline in the fall, as well as a grant for professional development with three deadlines per year (April 1, August 1, and December 1).
  • Alberta: The Alberta Foundation for the Arts awards grants to individual artists and arts organizers in Alberta. The deadlines for individual artists grants in the Literary Arts program are February 1 and September 1.
  • Saskatchewan: The Saskatchewan Arts Board offers several grants and awards for individual artists.
  • Manitoba: The Manitoba Arts Council has a substantial Major Arts Grant available to writers in the province, as well as many other funding and award opportunities for Manitoba writers.
  • Ontario: The Ontario Arts Council provides individual writers’ grants.
  • Quebec: In Quebec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec offers individual writers’ grants and project grants for Quebecois artists and writers working in English and French.
  • New Brunswick: Arts New Brunswick offers several innovative funding programs to writers, including a grant for emerging artists and newly-arrived immigrants, and a career development program for established artists. The Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick offers annual book awards and various programs that fulfill its vision of “creating community through words.”
  • Nova Scotia: Arts Nova Scotia provides grants to artists and organizers in Nova Scotia, including an individual artists grant with deadlines in May and November.
  • PEI: PEI Arts Grants offers grants in three streams: creation, dissemination, and professional development grants.
  • Newfoundland & Labrador: ArtsNL, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, offers a variety of funding to Newfoundland writers, including their Professional Project Grants Program with deadlines in March and September.
  • NWT: The Northwest Territories Arts Council has grants available to individual artists in all disciplines, with deadlines in October and February each year.
  • Yukon: The Yukon provincial government has several funding programs for community arts initiatives–find the outlines of each program on their website, and contact the department for more information on what’s a best fit for you!

Editorial Support

Members of the League are professional poets who are actively contributing to the development, growth, and public profile of poetry in Canada. We are happy to have members at all stages in their careers, and we are proud of the valuable network of writers this has created. Several of our members, in addition to being professional poets, are also professional editors whose services may be available on a freelance basis. Below, you can find a list of League members who may be a good fit for your current editing needs, from manuscript evaluations to a variety of levels of editing and review. Please note: all posted rates may be subject to change. If you are a member of the League and you would like to add your services to our database, please contact us

Daniela Elza’s work has appeared nationally and internationally in over 100 publications. Her poetry collections are: the weight of dew (2012), the book of It (2011) and, most recently, milk tooth bane bone (2013) of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder.” Daniela works as a writer-in-residence, editor, mentor, workshop facilitator, contest judge, performer and host of events etc.. She lives in Vancouver, BC and is currently working on a couple of new manuscripts.

“I have worked with emerging poets, including writers in the Poetic Inquiry field who employ poetry as part of their thesis and research. I have a soft spot for ESL writers. We can meet face-to-face, we can work remotely through email and/or skype, or a combination of any of these. You are the guide, you know best what you are putting into the words, while I give suggestions for rewording, cuts, organization, to help your work shine. I am generous with my time. The goal is not only to improve your poems/manuscript, but for you to still love them at the end.”


  • One-on-one mentoring (may include work on individual poems with line by line edits, groups of poems, and/or publication advice)
  • Full manuscript editing


$45 per hour editing/mentoring
For manuscript we can work by the hour, or agree on a fixed rate (depending on the nature of the work)
Some sliding scale pricing available

Contact: website; please inquire, with a couple of sample poems, to [email protected]

Jennifer Footman comes from India, spent most of her life in Edinburgh, and came to Canada in 1979 with her three sons. She has had many years experience running creative writing workshops, teaching poetry in schools under the Ontario Poets in Schools programme, and performing her poetry in public. She has been, and continues to be active in many community groups, ranging from the Brampton Writers Guild to the John Howard Society. She has been writing for the last 40 years and has several books of poetry published in the UK and in Canada. Her poetry has been in most Canadian, US and UK literary magazines. Her short fiction has also been widely published. In 1991 she won the Okanagan award for short fiction. Her investigative articles have been published in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, She Magazine, the Toronto Fashion Magazine, Poetry Toronto, Canadian Author, and others.


  • Specialization in poetry and medical material
  • Enjoys balancing and selecting items for a manuscript
  • Consultations available
  • Works with writers of any experience level

Rates: hourly or per page; inquire for estimate

Contact: [email protected]; 905-838-4262

Kate Marshall Flaherty hase been editing poetry manuscripts for over ten years, as an in-house editor for Quattro Books, and also freelance. She has edited poets such as Penn Kemp, Kate Rogers, Donna Langevin, Janine Pittas, Banoo Zan and many others. She has also been a workshop leader and teacher for decades in the craft of writing and editing poetry at St Michael’s College, U of T.


  • Poetry manuscript evaluations
  • Poetry manuscript editing
  • StillPoint Writing workshops

Rates: inquire for details

Contact:; [email protected]

Susan Gillis brings more than two decades of writing, editing, and mentoring experience to her work with writers of all ages and at all stages. She has led workshops and discussion groups for Concordia University, the Quebec Writers’ Federation, John Abbott College, Festival Blue Met Bleu, Los Parronales (Chile), and more, as well as many individual mentorships.

Her four books (Yellow Crane, The Rapids, Volta and Swimming Among the Ruins) and several chapbooks (Obelisk, Twenty Views of the Lachine Rapids) have amassed a solid collection of award nominations and reviews. She has side gigs as a collaborator in the writing collective Yoko’s Dogs (Whisk, Rhinoceros) and the performance group Bon Echo. She talks with poets and writes about poetry and the writing life at Concrete & River, and co-curates (with Mary diMichele) the online micro-poetry journal HALIBUT.


  • From overviews to detailed critiques, services can be shaped to your needs
  • Individual and small group feedback
  • Creative practice (re)kindling for poets and anyone interested in how poetry can make life mysteriously better

Rates: based on $50/hour. Services and fees vary by manuscript length and the needs of the project, and are determined in consultation. Further details available here.

Contact: [email protected]

During literary studies at York University and the Naropa Institute, John studied  with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, William Burroughs, Irving Layton, Miriam Waddington, Eli Mandel, Frank Davey, and others. He worked at Coach Press and has been active as an editor, literary journalist, and community college teacher. He is a member of the Sixth Floor poetry workshop, an advanced group of published poets,  and runs a micropress, for which he edits and designs. His five books of poetry include Mata Hari’s Lost Words (slated for a new edition in 2017) and Time Slip (Guernica Editions). His first mystery novel, Death by Triangulation, appeared in 2015.


  • A full range of services, from general advice on the quality, technique and organization of a poetry collection, to picky details of grammar, punctuation usage, and other copy-editing necessities.
  • A variety of levels available, from detailed feedback for a group of poems, or a reading-with-criticism of a whole manuscript.
  • Can also work with a manuscript almost ready for publication to help with the proofreading, sequencing and final selection of poems.


$100 for reading a feedback on a selection of a dozen poems
$250 for reading-with-criticism of a whole manuscript
Inquire for rates on other services

Contact: [email protected]; website

Concetta is a writer of poetry, fiction and academic articles and have some experience writing for television documentaries. She is currently a sessional professor in the Creative Writing Program at York University. She has had three books published, the most recent being a collection of poetry, walking: non-a-nun’s diary (2013) with DC Books. Prior this collection, her prose poems Interference (1999) and a novella Stained Glass (1997) came out with Guernica Editions. Her work has appeared in Canadian and American journals such as The Malahat Review, Grain, Descant Magazine, and Exile Quarterly, as well as on-line journals such as Lemon Hound and Rusty Toque. Several of her scholarly articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals. She has a PhD from York University (2014).

Services: “I am an editor of creative works of poetry, fiction, cross-genre forms (I write prose-poetry, myself) and experimental writing. I also provide editorial support for project proposals, grant writing and academic or non-fiction projects.  Editorial support can range from providing a one-page review noting strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for the direction to take in revisions of the manuscript, detailed line-by-line revisions of grammar and syntax, or variations thereof. I provide services in a timely fashion by internet and can do face-to-face meetings if that is preferred.”

Contact: [email protected].

D.C. Reid has been published in more than 50 literary magazines in Canada, the United States, the U.K., India and Mexico, with his work having been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Hindi. He has published seven books of poetry and one novel, with two having been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay award, BC’s highest prize for poetry in their respective years. On another side of his life, Reid has gone on to write for more than 50 magazines/newspapers/websites across North America on fishing – gear, fly and Spey – in salt- and fresh-water. His fifth fishing book will be released in 2016. You will see this and many other books on his website: His most recent award is the national Roderick Haig-Brown Award for environmental writing, 2016.

Services: “I will offer helpful advice on short or book length manuscripts of poetry, prose fiction and non-fiction. In addition, I can offer useful market advice for all three genres. A copy of one of my books is sent with my comments so that the writer can get a feel for the way I write. I can work with any kind of poetry.”

Rates: Inquire for details

Contact: [email protected].

Robin Richardson runs a successful month poetry workshop called The Unsympathetic Poetry Workshops in Toronto. She is the author of two collections of poetry, and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work is forthcoming in POETRY, and has appeared in Tin House, Partisan, The North American Review, and Hazlitt, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been shortlisted for the CBC, Walrus, and Lemon Hound Poetry Prizes. Richardson’s latest collection, Sit How You Want, is forthcoming with Véhicule Press. Poems from the collection have been adapted to song by composer Andrew Staniland for The Brooklyn Art Song Society, and premiered in 2016 in New York.


  • Full manuscript evaluations
  • One-on-one tutoring (may include line by line edits, or overall industry discussion and publication advice)

Rates:$1200 manuscript evaluations
$100 per hour tutoring
Some sliding scale pricing available
Special requests can always be accommodated

Contact:[email protected]

Sandra Ridley is an award-winning writer of four books of poetry: Fallout, Post-Apothecary, The Counting House, and Silvija—a finalist for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize. She was nominated for the KM Hunter Artist Award for Mid-Career Writer in 2015. Sandra Ridley has taught poetry as a sessional instructor at Carleton University and has been a writing mentor through Ottawa’s Supportive Housing and Mental Health Services “Footprints to Recovery” program for people living with mental illness • She has facilitated workshops for the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Library, the Tree Reading Series, Calgary’s WordFest, and has been a contributor to the BC Learning Networks online program for Writers’ Craft • Sandra has also been an invited speaker to creative writing classes at the University of Ottawa, Carleton, and was a participant in the University of Toronto’s “Influency Salon • She continues to give guidance to writers on a one-on-one basis and offers comprehensive editing and mentoring services through the Poetry Lab. For more information, please see


Sandra Ridley offers three packages for editorial consultation on works-in-progress through her Poetry Lab. Each package is designed to further enhance your body of work. Please note that as a full-time writer, Sandra can only collaborate with a few writers each season. Before purchase of any package, please send a query. A sample of your poetry may be requested in order for Sandra to see if she can provide the service and care that you may require.


The Test Tube, $150: A close reading service that provides you with detailed editorial feedback and guidance on ten pages of poetry. Emphasis will be placed on word choice, line breaks, and poem layout. You will also receive generative suggestions about how these poems can transform into a large body of work.

The Telescope, $225: This package gives you a detailed overview on a full-length poetry manuscript. You will receive an in-depth reading of your collection, and commentary will focus on content and execution. This service is best suited for those wanting a fresh perspective on a project’s larger picture concerns.

The Microscope, $600: An editorial service for a full-length collection of poetry. Manuscripts longer than 100 pages require extra time. Please note that an extra fee may be required. Your work will receive several in-depth readings, and its strengths and possibilities will be discussed. This package provides you with general suggestions and detailed edits regarding word choice, line breaks, and page and/or manuscript layout—as well as a fresh-eyed perspective on your manuscript’s overall content and structure. We collaborate through three manuscript revisions over the course of three weeks. Independent work is required.

Contact: [email protected], [email protected]

Jacob Scheier is a Governor General’s Award winning poet. He is the author of the full-length poetry collections, More to Keep us Warm (ECW Press, 2007) and Letter From Brooklyn (2013). His poems have been aired on CBC radio and been published in literary journals and anthologies across North America and in the U.K. He was nominated for a National Magazine Award for poetry in 2014. Jacob has taught creative writing at Ryerson’s University School of Continuing Education and Brandon University (Manitoba). He has facilitated creative writing workshop as the writer-in-residence for both the Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Pierre Berton House residency in Dawson City, Yukon and for Algoma University at St. Thomas (Ontario). Jacob is the former co-editor-in-chief of existere, York University’s literary journal, and he has provided poetry manuscript consultations to several emerging poets who have gone on to publish full-length collections.


Full manuscript evaluations


$500 manuscript evaluations (sliding scale based on financial need)

Contact: [email protected]

Naomi Beth Wakan has twenty years’ experience teaching Japanese short-form poetry classes both on and off line. She has written over fifty books including the trilogy, The Way of HaikuThe Way of Tanka, and Poetry That Heals, books that introduce writers to haiku and tanka. She has also written the award winning Haiku – one breath poetry, an American Library Association selection for young people. Her poetry and essays have appeared in many publications including GeistRoom, and Still Point Arts Quarterly. She is noted for being able to encourage the new poet.


Manuscript consultations and editing – haiku, tanka, short free verse, short essays.

Mentorship  in the areas of haiku and tanka writing.


$100 manuscript reading fee for first 10 pages, $1.50 for every page beyond that. This includes brief, but helpful comments on the manuscript.

$40 per session for mentorships (4 sessions introducing the writer to haiku and tanka writing)

Contact Naomi for in-depth critiquing of poetry (haiku, tanka and short free verse)

Contact: [email protected]; 250-247-0014

Teaching Poetry

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Other Resources

Poetry Contests, Prizes and Awards in Canada

for further reading on Canadian Literary magazines and their offerings, see A Guide to Canadian Literary Mags from the National Magazine Awards

prizes often include publication



Canada's Poets Laureate

Explore our map and list of current & past Poets Laureate across Canada.

If you have a correction or would like to add a Poet Laureate, please fill out this form

Georgette LeBlanc // 2018 – 2020

George Elliott Clarke // 2016 – 2018

Michael Pleau // 2014 – 2016

Fred Wah // 2011 – 2013

Pierre DesRuisseaux // 2009 – 2011

John Steffler // 2006 – 2008

Pauline Michel // 2004 – 2006

George Bowering // 2002 – 2004

Comox Valley:

Natalie Nickerson // 2017-2019


Valina Zanetti

Youth Poet Laureate // 2019 – 2021

Tina Biello // 2017 – 2020

Kailey DeFehr

Youth Poet Laureate // 2017 – 2018

Naomi Beth Wakan // 2013 – 2016

New Westiminster:

Alan Hill // 2017 – present

Candice James // 2010 – 2016

Don Benson // 1999 – 2007

Edna Anderson // 1998 – 1999


Renée Sarojini Saklikar /2015 – 2018


Joanna Streetly /2018 – present


Miss Christie Lee (Christie Charles) // 2018-2021

Rachel Rose // 2014 – 2017

Evelyn Lau // 2011 – 2014

Brad Cran // 2009 – 2011

George McWhirter // 2007 – 2009


John Barton //2019 – 2022

Yvonne Blomer // 2015 – 2018

Argatu Ali

Youth Poet Laureate // 2018 – 2019

Maita Cienska

Youth Poet Laureate // 2017 – 2018

Ann-Bernice Thomas

Youth Poet Laureate // 2016 – 2017

Janet Marie Rogers // 2012 – 2014

Linda Rogers // 2009 – 2011

Carla Funk // 2006 – 2008


Steven Ross Smith // 2019-2020

Amelie Patternson // 2017-2018



Natalie Meisner // 2020 – 2022

Sheri-D Wilson // 2018-2020

Micheline Maylor // 2016 – 2018

derek beaulieu // 2014 – 2016

Kris Demeanor // 2012 – 2014



Nisha Patel // 2019 – present

Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali // 2017-2019

Pierrette Requier // 2015 – 2017

Mary Pinkoski// 2013 – 2015

Anna Marie Sewell // 2011 – 2012

Roland Pemberton // 2006 – 2011

E.D. Blodgett // 2007 – 2009

Alice Major // 2005 – 2007

Saskatchewan Provincial Poet Laureate:

Bruce Rice // 2019 – present

Alasdair Rees

Youth Poet Laureate // 2019 – present

Brenda Schmidt // 2017-2018

Gerald Hill // 2016 – 2017

Judith Krause // 2014 – 2015

Donald Kerr // 2011 – 2013

Robert Currie // 2007 – 2010

Lousie B. Halfe // 2005 – 2006

Glen Sorestad // 2000 – 2004


Moose Jaw

Robert Currie & Gary Hyland // Lifetime Poets Laureate


Di Brandt /2017-present


Victoria Butler // 2018 – present

Damian Lopes // 2014 – present



John B Lee /granted in 2005 in perpetuity


Ann Margetson



Jessica Outram // 2019 – 2022

Ted Amsden // 2011 – 2018

Jill Battson // 2009 – 2011

Eric Winter // 1997 – 2009


Dufferin County:

Harry Posner // 2017-present



Laurence Hutchman // 2018 – present



Jason Heroux // 2019 – present

Helen Humphreys // 2015 –  2019

Eric Folsom // 2011 – 2015



Tom Cull // 2016 – present

Penn Kemp // 
2011 – 2013



Paul Edward Costa // 2019 – 2021

Pujita Verma

Youth Poet Laureate // 2018 – 2020

Wali Shah // 2017 – 2019

Rebecca Zseder

Youth Poet Laureate // 2016 – 2018

Anna Yin // 2015 – 2017


Norfolk County

John B. Lee // granted in 2011 in perpetuity



Margaret Michèle Cook (French) & Diana Young (English) // 2019 – 2021

Andrée Lacelle (French) & Jamaal Jackson Rogers (English) // 2017 – 2019


Owen Sound:

Richard-Yves Sitoski // 2019 – 2021

Lauren Best // 2017-2019

Rob Rolfe & Larry Jensen // 2015 – 2017

Terry Burns // 2013 – 2014

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm // 2011 – 2012

Kristan Anderson // 2008 – 2010

Liz Zetlin // 2007 – 2008



Chloé LaDuchesse /2018 – 2020

Kim Fahner // 2016 – 2018

Thomas Leduc // 2014 – 2015

Daniel Aubin // 2012 – 2013

Roger Nash // 2010 – 2011



A. F. Moritz // 2019 – 2022

Anne Michaels // 2016 – 2019

George Elliott Clarke // 2012 – 2015

Dionne Brand // 2009 – 2012

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco // 2004 – 2009

Dennis Lee // 2001 – 2004



Mary Ann Mulhern // 2019 – 2022

Samantha Badaoa (Youth Poet Laureate) // 2019 – 2020

Marty Gervais // 2011 – 2019, Poet Laureate Emeritus



Barry C. Butson // in perpetuity


Bertrand Laverdure // 2015 – 2017


Jenna Lyn Albert 2019 – 2021

Ian Letourneau, 2016 – 2018



Kayla Geitzler (Anglophone) 2019 – Present

Jean-Philippe Raiche (Francophone) 2019 – Present



Shoshanna Wingate //2019 – 2021

Marilyn Lerch // 2013 – 2017

Douglas Lochead // 2002 – 2011

PEI Provincial Poet Laureate:

Julie Pellissier-Lush // 2019 – present

Deidre Kessler // 2016 – 2019

Diane Hicks Morrow // 2013 – 2016

Hugh MacDonald // 2009 – 2013

David Helwig // 2008 – 2009

Frank Ledwell (1930 – 2008) // 2004 – 2007

John Smith // 2002 – 2004

Cape Breton:  

Rita Joe (1932 – 2007)
Lifetime “Poet Laureate of the Mi’kmaq people”



Dr. Afua Cooper // 2018 – 2020

Rebecca Thomas // 2016 – 2018

El Jones // 2013 – 2015

Tanya Davis // 2011 – 2012

Shauntay Grant // 2009 – 2011

Lorri Neilsen Glenn // 2005 – 2009

Sue MacLeod // 2001 – 2005

St. John’s:

Mary Dalton // 2019 – 2020

George Murray // 2014 – 2017

Tom Dawe // 2010 – 2013

Agnes Walsh // 2006 – 2009

Yukon Provincial Poet Laureate:
pj johnson // 1994 – present