The Department of English would like to congratulate the winners of the 2020 annual poetry competitions:

Lilian I. Found Award for Poetry Winner: Lana Crossman

George Johnston Poetry Award 1st Prize Winner: Miriam Tepper

George Johnston Poetry Award 2ndt Prize Winner: Damon Woznica

George Johnston Poetry Award 3rd Prize Winner: McKenzie McDonald

Honorable Mentions go to: Manahil Bandukwala and Emma Peters

Lilian I. Found Award for Poetry

For the Lilian I. Found award, one prize will be awarded for the best unpublished poem of 50 lines or less by an undergraduate student currently enrolled at Carleton. The donor is the late Mrs. Lilian. I. Found, who endowed the Award in 1950, and was the convener of the Ottawa Poetry Group and Canadian Poetry Contest in the 1940s.

George Johnston Poetry Awards

For the George Johnston Awards, three prizes are awarded annually, along with two honourable mentions, for the best unpublished poem (up to 5 poems may be submitted, not to exceed 250 lines) submitted by full or  part-time students currently enrolled at Carleton. The late George Johnston, was a distinguished Canadian poet, professor, and founding member of the English Department at Carleton. His colleagues originally established this prize in his honour in 1992.

An independent judge from Ottawa’s poetry community selects all award winners annually. Deadlines for submission are early March annually and winners are announced in late March. There is no entry fee for these competitions.

Submission of up to 5 poems (not exceeding 250 lines in total). Student names should not appear on the pages with poems.  Poems should be titled on each manuscript page.


  • George Johnston Prizes: full or part-time students, currently enrolled at Carleton University;
  • Lilian I. Found Prize: full or part-time undergraduate student, currently enrolled at Carleton.

This year’s judge is Ken Victor! After graduating from the creative writing M.A. at Syracuse University, Victor’s work has been published in Grain, Arc, Vallum, The Antigonish Review, Fiddlehead, and The Malahat Review. We Were Like Everyone Else (Comorant) was published in 2019.