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For the Lilian I. Found award, one prize will be awarded for the best unpublished poem of 50 lines or less by a full or part-time undergraduate student currently enrolled at Carleton.

For the George Johnston Prizes, three prizes and two honourable mentions will be awarded for previously unpublished poems by full-time or part-time students currently enrolled at Carleton.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.


2023 Poetry Competition Submission Form

  • Please add one title per line. Click on the + symbol to the right to add a new line.
  • Do not include any identifying information on this document or in the document title (such as name, student number, and email).
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  • I hereby certify that the poetry titles submitted by me (“the Work”) to the CU English Department Poetry competitions were written by me, and are my own original unpublished work. I certify that the Work has not been previously published or appeared anywhere in print or on the internet, whether commercially or self-published, nor has the Work been accepted for publication elsewhere. I also certify that the Work I have submitted does not contain any material that infringes the rights of anyone else, and there is no legal impediment to its publication by Carleton University. In addition, I certify that the name I have used to submit the poetry is my own legal name and not a pseudonym, and the contact details I have provided are my own contact details.