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  • Monday, March 30, 2020 7:50 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Writing organizations and sponsor join together to support authors

    Toronto, March 30, 2020 – Today the Writers’ Trust of Canada and The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) announced the creation of the Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund to provide support to professional authors financially affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. 

    The fund will begin with an initial amount of $150,000 and distribute grants in amounts of $1,500 to writers that have seen contracted or projected income evaporate due to the current public health crisis. Financial support for the program is supplied by three program partners: the Writers’ Trust, TWUC, and RBC. 

    The coronavirus pandemic has triggered an economic crisis for self-employed workers across Canada. Professional literary creators have been especially hard hit. Within a matter of days, book tours, lectures, performances, and school visits were cancelled. Other sources of income in the form of contracts for publishing-related or other projects have disappeared or been indefinitely postponed. Many professional writers are left struggling to buy groceries or medications or pay rent. 

    In a survey of its membership, TWUC confirmed that to date the authors surveyed project a total loss exceeding $1.68 million and that individual writers on average are citing a loss of $3,267. These losses will increase as the crisis continues, and TWUC will continue to track them.

    Each year the Writers’ Trust distributes money to writers in need through its emergency grant program, the Woodcock Fund. These grants are invaluable, and the demand during the present crisis exceeds what that program can match.

    Beginning today, applications to the program can be made via writerstrust.com/relieffund. Applications to the program are due on April 9 and grants will be dispersed within a week. 

    Applications are open to professional writers who meet the eligibility criteria, which includes matching minimal publishing thresholds in the last five years as well as detailing a total loss of income that exceeds the grant amount. 

    A successive round of application will follow later in the month of April, and subsequent rounds will follow as additional funds are obtained. In addition to seeking large-scale funding partners, program partners welcome donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations who are interested in helping mitigate this crisis for Canadian writers. 100% of all donations will be directed to writers in need. If you’d like to make a donation to the Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund, please donate through Writers' Trust here.

    “Writers, whether veterans or novices, cobble together income from a variety of sources,” said Charlie Foran, Writers’ Trust’s executive director. “This leaves them especially vulnerable during a public health crisis the magnitude of COVID-19.  We are grateful to have partners so committed to supporting our authors. Please consider helping. Contribute to the fund. Buy Canadian-authored books.”

    “The Writers’ Union of Canada is proud to be a founding partner in the Emergency Relief Fund,” said John Degen, TWUC’s executive director, “The crushing economic blow from COVID-19 comes at a time when writers are already imperiled by regulatory failure around copyright licensing. And yet more than ever, the works of Canada’s authors are desperately in demand by teachers and students. We hope our contribution will inspire others to donate to keep authors working.”

    About the Writers’ Trust of Canada

    The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs including ten national literary awards, a fellowship, financial grants, career development initiatives for emerging writers, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country. Additional information is available at  writerstrust.com.

    About The Writers’ Union of Canada

    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is the national organization of professionally published writers. TWUC was founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers. Now over 2,100 members strong, TWUC promotes the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers. TWUC believes a lively and diverse literary culture is essential in defining Canada and its people. Learn more at writersunion.ca.

    *The Writers’ Union would like to acknowledge Doris McCarthy, a beloved late member of TWUC, whose artistic estate provides a large portion of their contribution to the program. 

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    Contacts:
    Charlie Foran
    Writers’ Trust of Canada, executive director
    cforan@writerstrust.com

    John Degen
    The Writers’ Union of Canada, executive director
    jdegen@writersunion.ca

  • Friday, March 27, 2020 2:52 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Association of Canadian Publishers & Access Copyright Announce Temporary Permissions for Online Storytime

    As schools remain closed indefinitely and classrooms shift to online learning, educators and librarians are seeking out ways to connect with students and provide meaningful learning opportunities from a distance. In response, the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and Access Copyright have partnered to start the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program.

    Reading books aloud and sharing stories is a treasured daily activity in classrooms and libraries. Many educators and librarians have sought permission from Canadian publishers to read part or all of a book and to share a video of the reading for online story-time with their students.

    “We are pleased to partner with the Association of Canadian Publishers to facilitate online story- times while schools and libraries are temporarily closed,” says Roanie Levy, President & CEO of Access Copyright. “The Read Aloud Canadian Books Program empowers educators and librarians to share stories from Canadian publishers with their students during a time when they are needed more than ever.”

    The Program will allow, on a temporary basis, a waiver of licence fees related to the reading of all or part of select books from participating publishers and posting of the video recording online. Educators and librarians will be able to confidently bring Canadian stories and literature to students during this challenging time.

    Ruth Linka, Co-Chair of the ACP Children's Publisher Committee and Associate Publisher of Orca Book Publishers, observes: “In the best of times authors and book publishers are active partners with educators and librarians in bringing excellent content to our youngest citizens. Now in difficult times we are proud to support educators and librarians in their extraordinary work in keeping children engaged, informed, and entertained.”

    ACP and Access Copyright encourage educators and librarians who are taking advantage of the program to spread the word on social media using the hashtag #ReadAloudCanadian and tag @AccessCopyright@CdnPublishers, and individual creators and publishers.

    Publishers who have signed up so far include: Annick Press, ARP Books, Orca Book Publishers, Owlkids Books, Portage and Main Press, Running the Goat, Books and Broadsides, Groundwood Books, and Linda Leith Publishing.

    For more information about the program, terms and conditions, and guidelines for use, and an updated list of participating publishers please visit www.accesscopyright.ca/read-aloud.

    ACP is the national voice of English-language Canadian-owned book publishers. ACP contributes to the development and maintenance of vibrant, competitive book publishing companies in order to support and strengthen the contribution that Canadian books make to Canada’s cultural, economic, and educational landscape.

    For over 30 years, Access Copyright has facilitated content use for educational and professional purposes. Access Copyright has helped people make customized use of published materials combined with an assurance that the original creators and publishers also benefit, so that they can continue creating new and innovative works. This is vitally important to a strong Canadian culture and to all who rely on quality publications.

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    Contacts:
    For the Association of Canadian Publishers:
    Kate Edwards, Executive Director, kate_edwards@canbook.org
     
    For Access Copyright:
    Amy Cormier, Head of Communications and Marketing, acormier@accesscopyright.ca


  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:24 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Deadline: August 1, 2020

    The Doula Support Foundation’s Birth Story Contest was established in 2019, in Kingston, Ontario. The intention of this contest is to get inspiring birth stories that help to cultivate a positive and supportive birth culture in our communities. It is a writing contest because well written stories have the ability to make us feel and understand deep emotions like no other medium.

    We are welcoming many different voices and perspectives which are representative of the population of Canada. We want to be able to share all kinds of births, in different settings with different health care providers and support teams in different eras.

    A jury will choose a first, second and third place winners as well as 15 honorable mention winners.

    Prizes and publication

    The first-place winner will receive:

    • $300 and a paper copy of the book

    and will be published on the DSF website and in a book in digital and paper format.

    The second-place winners will receive:

    • $100 and a paper copy of the book

    and will be published on the DSF website and in a book in digital and paper format.

    The third-place winners will receive:

    • $50 and a paper copy of the book

    and will be published on the DSF website and in a book in digital and paper format, a Canadian anthology of birth stories.

    The 15 honorable mention stories will be published on the DSF website and in a book in electronic and paper format.

    All winners will be invited to participate in a Birth Sharing Circle in September.

    Jury

    The jury for the 2020 Doula Support Foundation’s Birth Story Contest 2020 consists of

    Dr. Michael Klein: Dr. Klein is the author of Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo. His early experiences working with midwives in Ethiopia were formative, leading him to question many standard but unjustified procedures in Western maternity health care. He has dedicated his life to family medicine.

    Ying S. Lee: Mrs. Lee is a Kingstonian’s author of The Agency: A Spy in the House. This won the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s inaugural John Spray Mystery Award in 2011. This is a quartet series. Mrs. Lee keeps warm memories of her doula at her birth.

    Leanne Lieberman: Leanne Lieberman also lives in Kingston and she is the author of five books for young adults. Her most recent book is The Most Dangerous Thing (Orca Books 2017) about a teenage girl struggling with anxiety and depression. Leanne’s adult fiction has been published in many Canadian journalsShe is currently working on a novel called Unsettled.

    Sarah Chisholm: Sarah is a midwife of the Kingston Community Midwives. She takes time to participate at this event while she is on parental leave. She first started has a doula, which prompted her to become a midwife.

    Eligibility

    • Original, unpublished stories up to 2,000 words in the English language
    • All those residing in Canada (irrespective of visa status), novice or experienced writers, who have an empowering birth story to tell.

    How to Submit

    Read the guidelines here and submit the story at dsfbirthstory@gmail.com.


  • Thursday, March 05, 2020 2:28 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Presented by the University of Manitoba Icelandic Department

    The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba invites you to submit previously unpublished poetry (three entries per person) and/or a short story (one per person-maximum of 1200 words)

    Prize entries will be awarded and successful entries will be published in the festival program and/or on the festival website. 

    Winners and honourable mentions will be contacted with an opportunity to share their writing at the Sunday Afternoon Music and Poetry in the Park.

    Categories are as follows:

    Poetry

    • Junior (12 and under) - 1st Place - $50
    • Intermediate (13-18) - 1st Place - $75
    • Open - 1st Place - $125

    Short Story

    • Junior (12 and under) - 1st Place - $50
    • Intermediate (13-18) - 1st Place - $75
    • Open - 1st Place - $125

    Poetry and Prose Guidelines

    • You do not need to be of Icelandic descent to submit an entry however material reflecting Icelandic culture and interests will be given preference, as will entries that reflect our 2020 theme, "Icelandic at Heart"
    • Selected winners will not be eligible for entry to compete for the following 3 years, although a short story winner may compete in poetry or vice versa. 
    • Poetry will have a maximum of 3 entries per person.
    • Short Stories; a maximum of 1 per person and a maximum of 1200 words. 
    • No Entry Fee.
    • Names will be masked for judging.

    Please send your material by June 3rd, 2020 with your complete contact information to info@icelandicfestival.com Entries will not be returned.


  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 3:52 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is thrilled to announce that a home has been found for the CCBC’s regional collection at the Ryerson University Library and Hamilton Public Library. The collection contains approximately 18,000 titles dating to the late 1970s, including Canadian classics like Alligator PieAnne of Green Gables and The Paper Bag Princess, with nearly 800 books added annually. The collection was previously housed at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s main offices in Toronto and is being relocated as the CCBC reduces its footprint by downsizing its office space. The relocation of the regional collection will allow for greater access to the titles, preserving Canadian culture for future generations. 
     
    In March 2020, the main library collection moves to the Ryerson University Library in Toronto, Ontario, which currently houses the Children’s Literature Collection containing titles dating from 1701 to 1940. The CCBC addition will complement this collection and the research already underway by a number of Ryerson faculty. “We are very pleased to have this unique collection come the Ryerson Library. It will be a valuable resource for faculty and students from across our undergraduate and graduate programs including literature, graphic design, early childhood studies, and Canadian history,” says Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University Library.
     
    The second archive collection will be housed at Hamilton Public Library. "Hamilton Public Library is honoured to accept this significant donation. As a library and community hub, early literacy is central to our mandate. The CCBC’s ever-growing collection will serve as a great research archive, a positive resource for Hamilton’s youngest readers, their parents and teachers, and offer future generations the opportunity to enjoy many great Canadian books by Canadian authors,” says Paul Takala, CEO and Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library. Both collections will be accessible to the public. Given the vast number of titles, the Ryerson University Library and Hamilton Public Library plan to launch the CCBC collection in 2021, with the Ryerson Library providing titles in stages over the next few years.
     
    “We are so pleased to have a new home for these important resources,” says Rose Vespa, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “Ryerson’s University Library and Hamilton’s Central Library will provide wide access to Canadian kids’ books for aspiring authors, students, academics, educators and families.”

    For more information, please contact: 

     
    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    416-975-0010 ext. 221
    emma@bookcentre.ca


    Shelley McKay
    Manager, Communications
    Hamilton Public Library
    905.546.3200 ext. 5934 
    905.973.1847 (cell) 
    smckay@hpl.ca
     

    Jenna Charlton
    Communications Specialist
    Ryerson University Library
    416-979-5000 ext. 4002
    Jenna.charlton@ryerson.ca

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    About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications, and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit our website.
     
    About Ryerson University Library
    Ryerson University Library, located in downtown Toronto, offers Ryerson students, faculty and the community access to cutting-edge research resources and innovative, academic library services and programs. Visit:library.ryerson.ca, or connect with us on Twitter @ryersonlibrary and Instagram @ryersonulibrary.
     
    About Hamilton Public Library
    The Hamilton Public Library is a vibrant hub for information and culture, providing our diverse community the Freedom to Discover. As one of the largest library systems in Canada, Hamiltonians will discover something new at our 22 locations, two bookmobiles, or through our extensive digital collections. Visit us online at hpl.ca. Connect with us on Twitter @hamiltonlibrary and Facebook at HamiltonPublicLibrary.

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:47 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The American University of Paris is extending the deadline for the Creative Writing Institute and its corresponding travel stipend competition until March 15, 2020.

    For more information, please visit our Summer School website, where students can learn more about housingextracurricular cultural excursions, and how to apply.


  • Monday, February 24, 2020 3:55 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the touring creators for Canadian Children’s Book Week 2020. Seven talented Canadian authors and illustrators were selected from nearly 100 applicants to tour outside of their home provinces and share a love of reading with young people in schools and libraries. 
     
    Established in 1977, this year’s national tour will take place from May 2-9, 2020. This year’s theme is “Escape Into Reading,” which celebrates books as places we can always go for solace, adventure and familiar worlds and friends. Posters, bookmarks and activities are available for free online at bookweek.ca. Schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres interested in hosting readings can apply today at bookweek.ca
     
    The touring creators for 2020 are:
     
    Paul Covelloillustrator/author
    Northwest Territories
     
    Eugenie Fernandesillustrator/author
    Prince Edward Island
     
    Debbie Ridpath Ohiillustrator/author
    British Columbia, Lower Mainland
     
    Shane Peacock, author
    Manitoba
     
    Monique Polak, author
    Newfoundland
     
    Robin Stevenson, author
    Alberta
     
    Nicola Winstanley, author
    Quebec
     
    For more information, please contact: 


    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    Tel: 416-975-0010 ext. 221
    emma@bookcentre.ca

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:54 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Submission deadline March 31, 2020.

    Administered by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable, the Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picturebook of the Year Award will be awarded each year at what has previously been known as the VCLR Annual Fall Illustrator’s Breakfast, but will now be the Annual VCLR Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picturebook of the Year Award Breakfast.

    The $2500 cash award is specifically for books in the acknowledged picturebook format famously defined by Barbara Bader in 1976 as “an art form [that] hinges on the interdependence of pictures and words, on the simultaneous display of two facing pages, and on the drama of the turning of the page."

    Submissions are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The submission fee is $30 per title. For each submission please include a completed submission form for each title and three copies of the book. If the book is shortlisted we will request brief bios for each author and/or illustrator, their photos, and contact information.

    Criteria:

    • The book must exhibit a seamless integration of the verbal and visual modes. In the case of a wordless book then it must be a seamless integration of the unwritten narrative that can be inferred from the well sequenced series of images.
    • The book must be written in English by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and must be published by a Canadian publisher during 2019.
    • Revisions and reprints of previously published works are not eligible for the award.
    • In the case of self-published books, proof of professional editing must be submitted along with a confirmation that there is a current print run of at least 350 copies.
    • A three-person jury will select the winning book and 4 honour books.
    • The cash prize will go to the author/illustrator or in the case of a separate author and illustrator the prize will be split 50/50.

    The winning title and four honour books will be announced on Canada Day, July 1, 2020.

    The winner(s) will be invited to be the featured speaker(s) at the Annual VCLR Sheila Barry Best Picturebook of the Year Award Breakfast in fall 2020 at which time the prize will be officially awarded to the winner (s). VCLR will cover the cost of hotel accommodation and meals but will request transportation cost support from the publisher.

    Please mail your submission—a completed submission form, three copies of each book plus a fee of $30 per title in a cheque made out to the Vancouver Children’s

    Literature Roundtable to:
    Sheila Barry Picturebook of the Year Award
    c/o Award Chair
    #301- 3787 West 4th Avenue
    Vancouver, B.C. V6R 1P4
    vancouverroundtable@gmail.com

    Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce our new partnership with Communication-Jeunesse, our Quebecois counterpart. Since 1971, Communication-Jeunesse has been committed to the promotion of French-Canadian literature for children. With our core values aligned, a partnership between our two organizations is an obvious step forward for both organizations. In 2020, Communication-Jeunesse will be overseeing the French-language CCBC Book Awards: the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse and the Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse. Working with the CCBC, Communication-Jeunesse will oversee submissions, juries, promotions and the awards celebration for both French-language awards.
     
    “There is no better organization to oversee the Prix TD and the Prix Harry Black than Communication-Jeunesse,” says Rose Vespa, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “We have worked with Communication-Jeunesse in the past for our History Book Bank. Currently we are collaborating with Communication-Jeunesse on our YouTube channel Bibliovideo, as well as on the inaugural I Read Canadian Day, taking place on February 19, 2020. We are looking forward to working with them on the 2020 French-language CCBC Book Awards.”
     
    "We are delighted to start this new adventure with the CCBC, TD Bank Group and Prix Harry Black sponsor Mary Macchiusi,” says Pénélope Jolicoeur, Directrice Générale of Communication-Jeunesse. “We will have the pleasure of managing this event while showcasing our thriving literary scene." 
     
    Submissions for all of the CCBC awards will be live on January 20, 2020 on our website. Communication-Jeunesse’s website will also highlight the details for the French-language awards. 

    You can download the PDF of this press release here
     
    For more information, please contact:



    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    Tel: 416-975-0010 ext. 221
    emma@bookcentre.ca


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    Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien (CLJC) est ravi d’annoncer un nouveau partenariat avec Communication-Jeunesse, son homologue québécois. Depuis 1971, Communication-Jeunesse a le mandat de faire la promotion de la littérature québécoise et franco-canadienne pour la jeunesse. Avec nos valeurs fondamentales communes, un partenariat entre nos deux organisations va de soi. En 2020, Communication-Jeunesse supervisera les Prix du livre CLJC de langue française: le Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse et le Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse. En collaboration avec le CLJC, Communication-Jeunesse supervisera les soumissions, les jurys, la promotion de l’événement et l’organisation de la cérémonie de remise des prix pour les deux prix de langue française. 


    «  Il n’y a pas de meilleure organisation pour superviser le Prix TD et le Prix Harry Black que Communication-Jeunesse », a déclaré Rose Vespa, Directrice générale du Centre du livre jeunesse canadien. «  Nous avons travaillé avec Communication-Jeunesse dans le passé pour notre banque de livres historiques et nous collaborons actuellement avec eux sur notre chaîne YouTube Bibliovidéo, ainsi que dans le cadre de la première journée Je lis canadien qui aura lieu le 19 février 2020. Nous sommes impatients de travailler avec Communication-Jeunesse sur les Prix de langue française du CLJC. » 
     
    «  Nous sommes ravis de commencer cette nouvelle aventure avec le CLJC, le Groupe Banque TD et la marraine du Prix Harry Black, Mary Macchiusi », a déclaré Pénélope Jolicoeur, Directrice générale de Communication-Jeunesse. «  Nous aurons le plaisir d’administrer cet événement tout en mettant en valeur notre florissante scène littéraire. » 
     
    Les candidatures pour tous les Prix du CLJC seront mises en ligne le 20 janvier 2020 sur les sites web du CLJC et de Communication-Jeunesse
     

    Vous pouvez télécharger le PDF de ce communiqué en cliquant ici.

     
    Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter :



    Pénélope Jolicoeur
    Directrice générale
    Communication-Jeunesse
    514-286-6020, poste 305


  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:48 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Celebrate a World of Poetry this April for National Poetry Month 2020!

    Open up a world of poetry this April!
    The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 22nd National Poetry Month this April 2020 by opening yourself up to “A World of Poetry.” We hope that this theme will inspire conversations, poems, and dialogues about the many ways poetry is expressed and honoured around the world, as well as the cultural impacts of poetry in different regions. We encourage poets from around the world to speak and write about what poetry means for their life experiences, perspectives and identity as well as the roots of poetry in their culture or country.

    For more information National Poetry Month please visit poets.ca/npm. You can also check out suggestions for how to get involved and celebrate this April here: poets.ca/2017/01/12/get-involved-with-national-poetry-month.

    Applications for NPM event funding are now open
    Hosting an NPM event this year? We’re now accepting applications from event hosts for our NPM funding program. Thanks to the continued support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage, we are pleased to once again be able to provide funding directly to poets participating in NPM-themed events. Funding is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2020. Find our application form and guidelines at poets.ca/npmfunding.

    Be a Poetry City: get your event on our Poetry Map!
    Throughout April, we will update our Poetry Map to track all NPM events and happenings that we hear about. We encourage cities and towns to celebrate National Poetry Month by inviting a poet to read at a City Council meeting during April or March! Email us the details of your event at info@poets.ca.

    2020 Annual Poetry Awards: Important Dates

    • Saturday, March 21: On World Poetry Day, we will announce the winner of the 4rd annual Broadsheet Contest. For more information, visit poets.ca/broadsheet.
    • Wednesday, April 1: Join us at poets.ca/awards as we reveal the Longlists for our 2020 Annual Book Awards, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award.
    • Tuesday, April 21: Find out who will make the Shortlists for our 2020 Annual Book Awards

    Poem in Your Pocket Day Returns
    On Thursday, April 30, 2020, celebrate the 4th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day across Canada. The day encourages people to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. Find out more at poets.ca/pocketpoem.

    Official NPM20 Poster and Bookmark
    The official NPM20 poster and bookmark was once again designed by Megan Fildes. Both will be available for free download at poets.ca/npm.

    The official NPM20 poster and bookmark was once again designed by Megan Fildes. Both will be available for free download at poets.ca/npm.

    We have a limited number of posters and bookmarks that we are excited to provide to libraries, classrooms, bookstores, and event organizers free of cost. Complete this form to request posters and bookmarks: https://forms.gle/KfUfKKNPZ69xktNi8

    Join the #NPM20 Conversation!
    Share your NPM activities and join the conversation by tagging us on Twitter or Instagram @CanadianPoets. and use the official #NPM20 hashtag.

    About National Poetry Month
    Established in April 1998 by the LCP, NPM brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture.

    About Poem in Your Pocket Day
    Each year on Poem in Your Pocket Day, schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. As a special collaboration, the leading membership-based poetry organizations that sponsor National Poetry Month in North America—the League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets—have created a guide to inspire and assist with local Poem in Your Pocket Day celebrations.

    About the League of Canadian Poets
    Established in 1966, the League of Canadian Poets is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, engaging, and promoting poets and poetry in Canada. For more information, visit Poets.ca.

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    Media Contact: Laura O’Brien | laura@poets.ca | 416-504-1657

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