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For the Lilian I. Found award, one prize will be awarded for the best unpublished poem of 50 lines or less by an undergraduate student currently enrolled at Carleton.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For the George Johnston Awards, three prizes are awarded annually, along with two honourable mentions, for the best unpublished poem (up to 5 poems may be submitted, not to exceed 250 lines) submitted by full or  part-time students currently enrolled at Carleton.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.

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 competition judge is Manahil Bandukwala: she’s a poet, visual artist and author of the poetry collection MONUMENT (Brick Books, 2022), and the multigenre book Women Wide Awake (Mawenzi House, 2023), and many chapbooks. She is the co-founder of Reth aur Reghistan, a literary-visual arts project exploring folklore from Pakistan and interpreting it through poetry and sculpture, and VII, an Ottawa-based creative writing collective. She holds a BA in English from Carleton, and an MA in English from the University of Waterloo.

Submissions are due by February 28, 2024 at 4 p.m.
Prize winners will be notified by March 15th and will be invited to participate in the Open Mic and Showcase of Literary and Dramatic Arts on Tuesday, March 19th.

2024 Submission Form

Students may jointly enter up to five poems in any form for both prizes (total length should not exceed 250 lines)

  • Do not include any identifying information on this document or in the document title (such as name, student number, and email). If you are submitting more than one piece of poetry, please submit them in separate files.
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