Armand Garnet Ruffo, Megan Gail Coles and Hoa Nguyen to judge 2022 CBC Poetry Prize
The prize is accepting submissions until May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET
The CBC Poetry Prize recognizes an original, unpublished poem or collection of poems, up to 600 words in length. There is no minimum word requirement.
The deadline to submit is May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published on CBC Books.
Armand Garnet Ruffo is an Ojibway filmmaker, writer and poet. His most recent poetry collection Treaty #, published in 2019, was a finalist for the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry. His other books include Grey Owl, Norval Morrisseau and The Thunderbird Poems. In 2016, he received a lifetime achievement award from the League of Canadian Poets. Ruffo lives in Kingston, Ont., and is a professor of creative writing at Queen's University.
Megan Gail Coles is a poet, playwright and author originally from Savage Cove, N.L. Her debut book of poetry, Satched, was published in 2021. Her other books include Squawk, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome and the novel Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club, which was on the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist and championed by social media creator Alayna Fender on Canada Reads 2020.
Coles is a two-time winner of the BMO Winterset award and is the artistic director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company and executive director of Riddle Fence Publishing in St. John's.
Hoa Nguyen is a poet and educator currently living in Toronto. Born in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, she was raised and educated in the United States. She has lived in Canada since 2011. She is the author of several books of poetry, including As Long As Trees Last and Violet Energy Ingots, which was a finalist for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize.
Her latest book of poetry, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure, was on the shortlist for the 2021 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry and the 2021 National Book Awards. Since 2017, Nguyen has served as associated faculty of the University of Guelph's creative writing MFA program.
The jury will select the shortlist and winner, after a panel of established writers and editors from across the country help to curate the longlist.
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The CBC Literary Prizes have been recognizing Canadian writers since 1979.
Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Lorna Crozier, Alison Pick and Frances Itani.