Writers' Trust introduces new $25K Canadian poetry prize


The Writers' Trust of Canada has announced the creation of a new $25,000 annual award for poetry.

The Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize, sponsored by the Latner Family Foundation and administered by the Writers' Trust, will recognize a mid-career Canadian poet's "exceptional body of work" and "hope of future contributions to Canadian poetry," according to a press release issued on Tuesday.

The prize defines mid-career as having published at least three collections of poetry that "demonstrate outstanding mastery in the art of poetry."

The inaugural prize will be presented in November at the annual Writers' Trust Awards, and will be decided by a three-member jury that includes poet and creative writing educator Stephanie Bolster, Governor General's Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier, and Fred Wah, formerly Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

The Writers' Trust also administers several other annual literary awards, including the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Writers' Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize for short stories, and the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

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