Louise Bernice Halfe, Canisia Lubrin and Steven Heighton to evaluate 2021 CBC Poetry Prize

Louise Bernice Halfe, Canisia Lubrin and Steven Heighton will choose the 2021 CBC Poetry Prize.

The CBC Poetry Prize acknowledges unique, unpublished Canadian poetry, as much as 600 phrases in size.

The deadline to submit is May 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The winner will obtain $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the chance to attend a two-week writing residency on the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work printed on CBC Books.

Four finalists will every obtain $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work printed on CBC Books.

Louise Bernice Halfe, whose Cree title is Sky Dancer, is Canada’s ninth parliamentarian poet laureate and served as the primary Indigenous poet laureate of Saskatchewan. She was born in Two Hills, Alta., was raised on the Saddle Lake First Nation and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Her poetry collections embody Bear Bones & FeathersBlue MarrowThe Crooked Good and Burning on this Midnight Dream. Her latest poetry assortment is awâsis – kinky and disheveled

Canisia Lubrin is a author, critic, editor and instructor who was born in St. Lucia and now lives in Ontario. Her first poetry assortment, Voodoo Hypothesis, was longlisted for the Gerald Lambert Award and the Pat Lowther Award and was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award. Her second poetry guide, The Dyzgraphxst, gained the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in the poetry category and is at the moment a finalist for the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize. She was a recipient of the 2021 Windham-Campbell Prize for poetry

Steven Heighton is a novelist, brief story author and poet from Kingston, Ont. His books embody the poetry assortment The Waking Comes Late, which gained the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry, the novel The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep, the memoir Reaching Mithymna, which was a finalist for the 2020 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His latest guide is a set of poetry, Selected Poems 1983-2020

Submissions are learn by a panel of established writers and editors from throughout the nation. The jury will choose the shortlist and winner. 

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Last yr’s winner was Matthew Hollett for his poem Tickling the Scar

Let’s Go8:59Montreal poet wins 2020 CBC Poetry Prize

If you reside in Montreal, you have more than likely walked alongside the Lachine Canal in some unspecified time in the future. Throughout the pandemic, it has been a spot where many people have gone to train, get contemporary air and meet up with pals. A Montreal poet has simply gained the the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize for his poem concerning the Lachine Canal. It’s name Tickling the Scar. We converse with the creator of the poem, Matthew Hollett. 8:59

The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers since 1979.

Past winners embody Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.​

The 2022 CBC Short Story Prize will open in September and the 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize will open in January.

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