The English Department is pleased to announce our annual Lilian I. Found and George Johnston Poetry Competitions.
Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 4 p.m.
Please submit your pieces using the submission form below.
Lilian I. Found was a contributor to and patron of mid-twentieth century Canadian poetry in Ottawa, while George Johnston was a former Professor of English at Carleton and published poet.
For the Lilian I. Found award, one prize will be awarded for the best unpublished poem of 50 lines or less by a full or part-time undergraduate student currently enrolled at Carleton.
For the George Johnston Prizes, three prizes and two honourable mentions will be awarded for previously unpublished poems by full-time or part-time students currently enrolled at Carleton.
Students may jointly enter up to five poems in any form for both prizes (total length should not exceed 250 lines).
This year’s competition judge is Carleton alumni, Ben Ladouceur. He is the 2019 winner of the National Magazine Award for Poetry and has published two books of poetry with Coach House—Otter (2015) and Mad Long Emotion (2019)—along with numerous chapbooks, and poems in literary magazines such as The Malahat Review, Fiddlehead, CV2, and Prism.
Prize winners will be notified by March 24, 2023 and will be invited to read their winning poems at the annual Spring Showcase of Creative Writing.