Raymond Souster Award

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The Raymond Souster Award is a Canadian literary award, presented by the League of Canadian Poets to a book judged as the best work of poetry by a Canadian poet in the previous year.[1]

The award was presented for the first time in 2013,[2] and was named in honour of Canadian poet Raymond Souster.

Nominees and winners[edit]

Year Winner Nominated
2013 Blue ribbon A. F. Moritz, The New Measures[2]
2014 Blue ribbon Anne Compton, Alongside[1]
2015 Blue ribbon Patrick Lane, Washita
2016 Blue ribbon Lorna Crozier, The Wrong Cat[3]
2017 Blue ribbon Louise Bernice Halfe, Burning in this Midnight Dream[4]
2018 Blue ribbon Karen Enns, Cloud Physics[5]
2019 Blue ribbon Stevie Howell, I left nothing inside on purpose[6]
2020 Blue ribbon Roxanna Bennett, Unmeaningable[7]
2021 Blue ribbon Ian Williams, Word Problems[8]
2022 Blue ribbon Roxanna Bennett, The Untranslatable I[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Local poet wins national prize". Telegraph-Journal, June 12, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "A.F. Moritz, Gillian Savigny honoured by league". National Post, June 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Poet talks age, animals, place; Crozier reflects on national awards, 'mini novels'". Vancouver Sun, August 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Poet's powerful work on her past wins major prize". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, November 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "The League of Canadian Poets announces winners of the 2018 Annual Poetry Awards". Quill & Quire, June 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Tess Liem, Stevie Howell win 2019 Book Awards for poetry". Quill & Quire, June 10, 2019.
  7. ^ Dana Gee, "Vancouver poet scores national prize". Vancouver Sun, May 11, 2020.
  8. ^ Charlie Smith, "Vancouver poet Jillian Christmas and UBC creative writing professor Ian Williams win national awards". The Georgia Straight, May 6, 2021.
  9. ^ Cassandra Drudi, "League of Canadian Poets announces 2022 awards winners". Quill & Quire, May 5, 2022.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Cassandra Drudi, "Shortlists announced for 2022 League of Canadian Poets book awards". Quill & Quire, April 21, 2022.