25th Trillium Award


Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest Now Accepting Submissions

The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest is now accepting submissions for their 2014 contest. Since its inaugural launch during National Poetry Month in 2012, the contest has recognized and developed unpublished Canadian poets. The prizes for the three winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners) of the contest:

-The publication of their contest winning poetry on the contest website
-A listing of their names in the November issue of Quill & Quire, Canada's Magazine of Book News and Reviews

Griffin Prize Shortlist Announced Featuring Carson, Goyette and Michaels

From our friends at the Griffin Prize

Scott Griffin, founder of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry and poet Jeramy Dodds, announced the International and Canadian shortlist for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize. Judges Robert Bringhurst (Canada), Jo Shapcott (UK) and C.D. Wright (USA) each read 539 books of poetry, from 40 countries, including 24 translations.

The seven finalists — four International and three Canadian — will be invited to read in Toronto at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning on Wednesday, June 4th. The seven finalists will each be awarded $10,000 for their participation in the Shortlist Readings.

Submissions Open For Mississauga Youth Anthology

The second annual Mississauga Youth Anthology, to be published in June, invites youth across Mississauga to submit their work. The theme of this year's anthology will be Journeys. The anthology is put together by Ink Movement, a local group of youth writers and provides young authors and artists with the opportunity to be part of a published work.

Kingston WritersFest's Teens Write! Creative Writing Contest

From our friends at Kingston WritersFest:

Kingston WritersFest's annual writing contest TeensWrite! is back, and better than ever.

Win prizes and a chance to have your work published on-line and in a local newspaper!

High School students are invited to submit their original poem, short story, memoir, or essay to Kingston WritersFest’s annual student writing contest. Write no more than 750 words on any topic you choose and include these five words:

Paul Wells Book on Harper Wins Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

There was a standing ovation last night in Ottawa when Paul Wells, political editor of Maclean's magazine was announced as the winner of the 14th annual Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his book, The Longer I’m Prine Minister: Stephen Harper 2006– (Random House Canada).

Brick Books Coast to Coast: An Interview with Arleen Paré

This spring, Brick Book poets Karen Enns, Joanna Lilley, Jane Munro and Arleen Paré are embarking on a cross-Canada poetry tour, reading from their new collections to audiences coast to coast. The poets will make three stops in Ontario.

The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Series, with Paul Wells

Tonight dozens of Canada's most widely-acclaimed authors will join Members of Parliament, cabinet ministers, diplomats and philanthropists at Ottawa's legendary Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel for Politics & The Pen. The annual gala raises funds for the Writers' Trust of Canada, a literary charity which supports writers across the country through a variety of programmes and initiatives.

The main event of the evening will be the announcement of the 14th annual Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, which rewards the year's finest book addressing a political subject of interest to Canadian readers. The winner of the prize will receive $25,000.

League of Canadian Poets Announces 2014 Prize Shortlists & Spoken Word Winner!

This morning at Ben McNally Books in Toronto, the League of Canadian Poets announced the shortlists for the Raymond Souster Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award.

Raymond Souster Award Shortlist 2014

  • seldom seen road by Jenna Butler (NeWest Press)
  • Alongside by Anne Compton (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects by Catherine Graham (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Special Interview: Joanna Poblocka on National Poetry Month

    Throughout the month of April, Open Book will be celebrating all things poetic for National Poetry Month!

    We're thrilled to kick things off with a discussion with Joanna Poblocka, Executive Director of the League of Canadian Poets.

    Joanna tells us about the history of National Poetry Month, new initiatives at the League of Canadian Poets — including a brand new spoken word award — and the poem that she'll always remember.

    Open Book:

    Tell us a little bit about the history and conception of National Poetry Month. How did it come to be and how did the League become involved?

    Profile: Danielle K.L. Grégoire

    On Sunday, March 30, 2014, poet, performer and organizer Danielle K.L. Grégoire and Ottawa poet, editor, publisher and provocateur Amanda Earl will each be acknowledged at the fourth annual VERSeFest poetry festival as part of the second annual Verse Ottawa Hall of Honour.

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