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About the Prize

The $60,000 Latner Griffin Writers' Trust Poetry Prize is awarded annually to a Canadian poet in mid-career who has published at least three collections of poetry that demonstrate mastery of the art. Poets will be recognized for a remarkable body of work and for their anticipated future contributions to Canadian poetry. All eligible poets will be considered, there is no age restriction, and no submission process.

The winner is selected by a three-member, independent judging panel and is announced annually at the Writers’ Trust Awards. The prize is generously sponsored by the Latner Family Foundation and Scott Griffin.

“This generous and kind gift for poetry will be forever engraved on the landscape of my heart.”

Louise Bernice Halfe

2017 Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize winner