National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month!
Established in Canada in April 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets, National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, communities and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture.
Poem In Your Pocket Day
Poem in Your Pocket Day is an international movement that encourages people to centre poetry within their daily interactions. Poem In Your Pocket Day is celebrated in the last week of National Poetry Month (April). On PIYP Day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, coffee shops, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem.
The LCP also hosts an annual contest in Autumn to select the poems included the Poem In Your Pocket Postcard Collection.
Now open! Poem In Your Pocket Day Contest
See your poem distributed across the country for National Poetry Month (April 2024). Ten (10) Selected winning poets and their poems will receive $300, the full Poem Postcard Pack, and will be invited to provide an audio recording of their selected poem. LCP Members are invited to enter the contest free of charge and general public are asked to include a $10 entry fee.
We can’t wait to stuff our pockets with your poetry!
Deadline: November 30, 2023.
Poet Ambassador in Residence
The League is thrilled to announce our inaugural Poet Ambassador in Residence, Tara Borin! During their term from November 2023 through to March 2024, Tara will host virtual drop-ins, writing workshops, events, and more! Tara Borin lives in the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Dawson City, Yukon. They are the author of The Pit (Nightwood Editions, 2021).
LCP Chapbook Series
Poetry for everywhere, poetry for everyone
The LCP Chapbook Series publishes fresh and exceptional Canadian poetry guided by a wide-reaching variety of themes to increase visibility and recognition for the various identities and intersections that contribute to the vibrant Canadian poetry community.
Buy a chapbook today and bring home a piece of poetry!
Have you paused for poetry today?
Poetry Pause is the League’s daily poetry dispatch program, inspired by the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day, the original daily digital poetry series. The Poetry Pause project is intended to augment the presence of Canadian poetry and to provide an opportunity to Canadian poets – seasoned and emerging alike – to have their poetry read by many. Poetry Pause delivers more than a poem; it delivers the chance for folks to pause for poetry – to spare a few minutes each day for words that heal, inspire, and sustain.
Your poetry could be featured in Poetry Pause: we are always accepting submissions! Please read the guidelines below for more information.
Cross-Pollinations: Virtual Humanities Health Series
In Cross-Pollinations, health humanities and poetry come together under the same scope, combining artistic expression with health practice and research. The conversations of Cross-Pollinations illuminate new and emerging insights and perspectives on healthcare opportunities and challenges, healthcare approaches and advances, as well as build bridges of connection between health professionals, humanities and the arts.
a publication project from and for the League’s associate members
Fresh Voices was created by Lesley Strutt to showcase the great work being produced by the League’s associate members! We are excited to continue this opportunity with curators Joan Conway (Associate Member Rep) and Blaine Marchand (poet and past president of the League). Fresh Voices is not only a publication opportunity but has also grown into a mini-workshop! Of the poems you submit, one poem will be shortlisted by the curators for which they will provide editorial insight and feedback.
Send 3-5 poems and a short bio to [email protected]
Poets will have their work published once per calendar year.
Anne Szumigalski Lecture
Established in 2002 and modeled after the Margaret Laurence lecture series, the Anne Szumigalski lecture series presents an annual lecture from a distinguished Canadian poet on craft, culture, and community.
Past lecturers have included Billy-Ray Belcourt, Louise Bernice Halfe-Sky Dancer, Tolu Oloruntoba, Alice Major, Lillian Allen, Anne Carson, and Dionne Brand, among others.
These lectures have ranged from deeply academic to profoundly creative, and have engaged questions of social justice, politics, and identity in their explorations of poetry.
Microgrants and Bursaries
Investing in the future of poetry
Honorarium funding for events
With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, the League provides honorarium payments directly to poets for their participation in poetry events all across Canada.
All applications for event funding must be connected to a host from our database, and in-person events must be connected with a venue in our database.
Please note that the League receives far more applications than our programs can support; poets should wait to hear the status of their application prior to booking travel, confirming for an event, or purchasing books for which they are relying on funding.
Honoraria and travel reimbursement for poets, paid directly to the poet following the event.
With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council, the League provides hundreds of poets each year with honorarium payments and travel reimbursement for poetry readings.
Book Launch Tours
Full members of the League with a new book forthcoming may reserve up to $750 in honoraria, payable in $125 increments starting April the year of the book’s release, ending in March the year following the book’s release. Applications open annually in November, for books being released the following calendar year.
Reading Series & Festivals
Reading Series and literary festivals may be eligible to reserve up to $2,000 in honoraria for 8-16 unconfirmed readers. Readers must be Full members of the League to receive the funding, but do not have to be confirmed at the time of reservation. Honoraria are paid directly to the poets following their events.
Poetry in Schools (Ontario)
Honoraria for poets, paid directly to the poet following the event. The League does not assist in setting up school visits; poets must arrange the visits themselves, and then apply for funding. The League of Canadian Poets program supports visits to Ontario schools only.
Members of the League may apply to receive a $500 payment to facilitate a poetry-related workshop of their design. Workshops must be offered free of charge to participants. The League does not organize these workshops, but can distribute registration information.
One-on-One Poetry Consultations
Members of the League may apply to receive a $250 payment to work one-on-one with another poet and provide editorial guidance to develop skill in editing, craft, form, publishing guidance, or other essential skills for poets. The League does not organize these consultations; poets must apply for the funding with a mentee poet already confirmed.
P.K. Page Mentorship Program
The P.K. Page Mentorship Program, supported by the P.K. Page Trust Fund for Mentoring, was established to support the League’s Associate membership in honing their skill, craft, and professional understanding of poetry in Canada. This program is exclusive to members of the League of Canadian Poets.
Annual Poetry Bursary
The League of Canadian Poets Annual Poetry Bursary provides financial support for students who are studying poetry at the post-secondary level in many formats. This special bursary will provide $2000 in support for one year of education that has a focus on poetry at the undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate level.