Please browse here for more information about our annual poetry competitions and literary showcases, news surrounding Creative Writing within the department and beyond, and a variety of upcoming events. For more information on the Creative Writing Concentration, please click here.

Fourth year English student Maya Chorney discusses why she chose Carleton’s English program and its Creative Writing concentration. Known for intimate writing workshops, a supportive student and faculty community, and opportunities to build your portfolio, the program is helping Maya hone her skills as a budding novelist.

Annual Creative Writing Competitions

Sumac Literary Magazine
Sumac Literary Magazine publishes work by people connected to Carleton University and/or the land it is on. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, community members, and anyone with links to our campus or community are welcome to submit their work for consideration. If you walk your dog along the waterfront, drive past the Carleton sign each morning, once applied to Carleton, or ever attended a Ravens vs Gee-Gees event (for example), your submissions are welcome.
Annual Poetry Competitions
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For the Lilian I. Found award, one prize will be awarded for the best unpublished poem of 50 lines or less by an undergraduate student currently enrolled at Carleton.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For the George Johnston Awards, three prizes are awarded annually, along with two honourable mentions, for the best unpublished poem (up to 5 poems may be submitted, not to exceed 250 lines) submitted by full or part-time students currently enrolled at Carleton.
Literary Arts Showcase Competitions (Any Genre)
Every year, the Department of English hosts two events designed to showcase the depth of our students’ writing and performance talents. Submissions can be in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word, etc.) and must be no longer than 5-6 minutes when read aloud. Any student who is or was registered in an English course during the academic year is welcome to make a submission.


Creative Writing Events

There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time.