Nov 10, 2016

CBC BOOKS, CBC's website devoted to books and authors, readers and writers, together with its partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada enRoute magazine and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, today announced the finalists for the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize.

They are:

  • Ross Belot of Hamilton, Ontario for The Edge of Everything
  • Selina Boan of Vancouver, British Columbia for In six, the seasons
  • Adam Dickinson of Catharines, Ontario for The Metabolites
  • Michael Fraser of Toronto, Ontario for African Canadian in Union Blue
  • Andréa Ledding of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for kîwetinotahk pimâcihowin - northern journeys

Their poems were selected from more than 1300 received from across the country. As of today, the public can read them all on CBCBooks.ca.

The jurors for this year’s CBC Poetry Prize are Roo Borson, George Elliott Clarke and Erín Moure. The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on November 16, 2016.

In addition to a cash prize of $6000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Grand Prize winner will receive a ten-day writing residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and will be published in Air Canada enRoute magazine. The four other finalists will each receive $1000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and will be published on the CBC Books website.

The French-language Prix de poésie finalists were also announced this morning. More information on them can be found at ICI.Radio-canada.ca/icionlit under the “Poésie” tab.

For more information on the CBC Literary Prizes, please visit CBCBooks.ca.


About CBC Books

CBCbooks.ca features all of CBC's rich literary content and major events and programs such as Canada Reads, Canada Writes, The Next Chapter, and Writers & Company. This one-stop destination for book lovers and writers includes exclusive interviews with authors, the latest literary news stories, book recommendations and writing competitions.


About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. 


Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its grants and payments to artists and arts organizations benefit Canadians by ensuring a vibrant arts sector in Canada. Its awards celebrate creativity by recognizing exceptional Canadians in the arts, humanities and sciences. The Canada Council Art Bank is a national collection of over 17,000 Canadian contemporary artworks – all accessible to the public through rental, loan and outreach programs. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates under the general authority of the Canada Council.


About Air Canada enRoute magazine

Air Canada enRoute magazine is seen by over 1 million readers each month.  The magazine – available exclusively on all Air Canada flights and in Maple Leaf Lounges worldwide as well as in select hotels and boutiques across North America – is an inspirational authority for the global traveler, known for its strong visual presence and innovative design. Air Canada enRoute is published by Bookmark, one of the world’s leading content marketing agencies. 


About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach.


For further information, contact:

Nicola Makoway                                                                                               Diane Hargrave
Publicist, CBC Books                                                                                        Diane Hargrave Public Relations

nicola.makoway@cbc.ca                                                                               dhprbks@interlog.com

416-205-7673                                                                                                     416-467-9954