The League of Canadian Poets Announces the 2018 Poetry Awards Longlists

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Toronto, ON: In honour of World Poetry Day, The League of Canadian Poets are thrilled to announce, for the first time, longlists for the 2018 Poetry Awards, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award.

“This year, the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month in Canada, we are beyond excited to announce the finalists for our annual book awards… in longlists – for the first time ever!”, says Sarah de Leeuw, President of the League of Canadian Poets’ National Council. “We receive so many spectacular submissions each and every year and longlists give us yet another opportunity to share more incredible poetry with our community.”

Congratulations to all of the finalists and their publishers for their fine work and many thanks to the jurors for their dedication to this year’s awards. The shortlists for all categories, including the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Spoken Word, will be revealed on Monday, April 30th. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Toronto at the Canadian Writers’ Summit in Toronto on Saturday, June 16th, 2018. Visit poets.ca/awards for complete information.

Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

Awarded annually since 1981, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized author tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes a first book of poetry published by a Canadian writer in the preceding year. The award carries a $1000 prize and is sponsored by the LCP.

2018 Longlist:

  • This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt (Frontenac House)
  • Iolaire by Karen Clavelle (Turnstone Press)
  • Faunics by Jack Davis (Pedlar Press)
  • Thin Air of the Knowable by Wendy Donowa (Brick Books)
  • Voodoo Hypothesis by Canisia Lubrin (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • The Divining Pool by Amanda Merritt (Wundor Editions)
  • Otolith by Emily Nilsen (Goose Lane Editions)
  • The Panic Room by Rebecca Păpucaru (Nightwood Editions)
  •  The Rules of the Kingdom by Julie Paul (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • Better Nature by Fenn Stewart (BookThug)
  • Admission Requirements by Phoebe Wang (McClelland and Stewart)
  • Fragments, Desire by Onjana Yawnghwe (Oolichan Books)

2018 Jury: Laura McRae, Sandra Ridley, Clea Roberts

Pat Lowther Memorial Award

Open to Canadian women, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award has been awarded annually since 1981 for a book of poetry published in the preceding year. This prize is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The award carries a $1000 prize is sponsored by the LCP.

2018 Longlist:

  • Indianland by Lesley Belleau (ARP Books)
  • Feel Happier in Nine Seconds by Linda Besner (Coach House Books)
  • The Corpses of the Future by Lynn Crosbie (House of Anansi Press)
  • Bicycle Thieves by Mary di Michele (ECW Press)
  • Museum of Kindness by Susan Elmslie (Brick Books)
  • Breathing at Dusk by Beth Goobie (Coteau Books)
  • Penelope by Sue Goyette (Gaspereau Press)
  • Linger Still by Aislinn Hunter (Gaspereau Press)
  • Siren by Kateri Lanthier (Vehicule Press)
  • Voodoo Hypothesis by Canisia Lubrin (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Little Wildheart by Micheline Maylor (University of Alberta Press)
  • All We Saw by Anne Michaels (McClelland and Stewart)
  • Otolith by Emily Nilsen (Goose Lane Editions)
  • Dear Ghost by Catherine Owen (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Thing Is by Suzannah Showler (McClelland and Stewart)
  • Admission Requirements by Phoebe Wang (McClelland and Stewart)

2018 Jury: Bruce Meyer, Cheryl Antao-Xavier, Julie Cameron Gray

Raymond Souster Award

The Raymond Souster Award was started in 2013 to honour Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award is presented annually for a book of poetry by a League member published in the preceding year. The award carries a $1000 prize and is sponsored by the LCP.

2018 Longlist:

  • This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt (Frontenac House)
  • Late Style by Barry Dempster (Pedlar Press)
  • Thin Air of the Knowable by Wendy Donowa (Brick Books)
  • The Better Monsters by Puneet Dutt (Mansfield Press)
  • Cloud Physics by Karen Enns (University of Regina Press)
  • Slow War by Benjamin Hertwig (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • Trailer Park Elegy by Cornelia Hoogland (Harbour Publishing)
  • Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes by Jennifer LoveGrove (BookThug)
  • Voodoo Hypothesis by Canisia Lubrin (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Little Wildheart by Micheline Maylor (University of Alberta Press)
  • This Real by Concetta Principe (Pedlar Press)
  • Dead White Men by Shane Rhodes (Coach House Books)
  • Mischief by John Terpstra (Gaspereau Press)

2018 Jury: Hendrik Slegtenhorst, Almeda Miller, Jimmy McInnes

About the League of Canadian Poets

Established in 1966, the League of Canadian Poets is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, engaging, and promoting poets and poetry in Canada. For more information, visit Poets.ca.

About World Poetry Day

In celebrating World Poetry Day, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.  One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities. For more information, visit http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/.

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