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About the Grant

The precarious financial nature of the vocation belies the tremendous cultural influence of poetry.

The DC Reid Poets’ Grant will anonymously deliver grants of $5,000 to poets of modest means to help fund their writing. In its first year, the program will support eight Canadian writers selected by an anonymous jury of three poets from across the country. The jury will give consideration to an applicant’s financial need and their publication track record. Literary excellence will be the primary criteria.  

Established by an author, the program was created to support working poets who earned less than $30,000 from all income sources in the previous tax year. Applicants will be required to affirm they meet this requirement. Poets must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have published two or more books of poetry with a traditional publishing house to be considered eligible.