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The CBC Poetry Prize acknowledges unique, unpublished Canadian poetry, as much as 600 phrases in size.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 & Feathers, Blue Marrow, The 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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The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers since 1979.
Past winners embody Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Michael Winter and Frances Itani.