Poetry contests, prizes and awards across Canada

If you have an annual prize you’d like us to add to the list, contact info@poets.ca with the website and information. The National Magazine Awards website has great seasonal roundups of magazine-run prizes, and Literistic is a subscription service that will send you calls for submissions and contests a month before their deadline. We recommend checking out these resources to supplement our list! For youth prizes, check out our main resources page.

FROM CANADIAN MAGAZINES
contests, prizes, and awards for individual poems — prizes often include publication

OTHER CANADIAN CONTESTS, PRIZES, AND AWARDS
for individual poems

CANADIAN CONTESTS, PRIZES, AND AWARDS
for chapbooks and books of poetry

  • Archibald Lampman Award, presented by Arc Poetry Magazine; published books by Ottawa poets
  • Griffin Poetry Prize; published books, Canadian and International winning categories
  • Leaf Press holds an annual chapbook manuscript competition which awards publishing contracts to one Canadian and one international poet. Everyone who enters gets to choose a book from Leaf’s trade catalogue.
  • Ricepaper ACWW Emerging Writer Award; unpublished manuscripts
  • Quebec Writers’ Federation book awards, including a first book award and a poetry award
  • Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, presented by Matrix and Insomniac Press; unpublished manuscripts, January deadline
  • Vallum Chapbook Award; unpublished manuscripts, March deadline

INTERNATIONAL CONTESTS, PRIZES, AND AWARDS
for individual poems