League of Canadian Poets
The League of Canadian Poets (LCP), founded in 1966, is a national non-profit arts service organization based in Toronto. The organization acts as the national association of professional and aspiring poets in Canada. . The League counts Phyllis Webb, Robert Kroetsch, Susan McCaslin and Margaret Atwood among its membership; it provides funding for poetry readings and competitions, hosts an annual AGM, runs a series of awards, and publishes an electronic newsletter.
The League organizes the annual Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Memorial Award. The recipient of each award receives an cash honorarium, and there is an administration fee of $25 for each submission.
The Gerald Lampert Award is for a first book of poetry published by a Canadian, it is named after an arts administrator who had an interest in new writers. Anna Swanson was given the award in 2011 for The Nights Also. Previous winners include Katia Grubisic in 2009 for What if red ran out, and Alex Boyd in 2008 for Making Bones Walk.
The annual Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by an League member published in the preceding year. The winner is given a $1000 prize, and the winning book is presented at the LCP AGM.
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