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Kroetsch Award

Snare Books is pleased to announce that the 2012 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry will be judged by Sachiko Murakami!

Sachiko Murakami’s first poetry collection, The Invisibility Exhibit, was a finalist for the Governer General’s Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has been a literary worker for various publishers, magazines and organizations, and is a past member of Vancouver’s Kootenay School of Writing collective. She lives in Toronto where she co-hosts the Pivot Reading Series.

2012 Contest

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry

The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published two books or less). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Snare Books. This year’s judge is Sachiko Murakami.

The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Snare Books which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 honorarium.

The next deadline is January 31, 2012.

Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Livres Snare.” No cash please.

Send manuscipts to:

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry
Snare Books
c/o Matrix
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658
Montreal QC
H3G 1M8

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry Full Guidelines

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry is a not-for-profit venture. All revenue earned from the entry fees will be invested in the printing and distribution of innovative poetry.

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry is an annual award given to an emerging poet (with two books or less) for a book-length collection of poetry (48-100 pages).

Each manuscript should be in English. No translations.

The judging is blind. Manuscripts should not bear the name of the author. Contestants should include two separate title pages. One with the title and the author’s name and the other with only the title.

Contestants may enter more than once.

Contestants should include their email addresses, home addresses and telephone numbers with their entries.

Each manuscript should be accompanied with an entry fee of $30.00. Please make all cheques and money orders to “Livres Snare.” No cash please.

Only manuscripts mailed between August 15th and January 31st will be considered for the award.

The winner will receive a $500.00 honorarium and a trade paperback contract with Snare Books.

Contestants may submit their manuscripts to other presses but should notify Snare Books immediately if another press offers them contract.

Snare Books reserves the right to withhold the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

For more information email

jon [dot] fiorentino [at] gmail.com

About Robert Kroetsch:

One of Canada’s most celebrated literary artists, Robert Kroetsch is without a doubt Canada’s most important postmodern writer. His novels, poetry and theory have consistently been benchmarks for literary innovation in Canada. He won the governor General’s Award for his novel, The Studhorse Man, and in 2004, he was made an officer of the order of Canada. Snare Books is proud to honour his literary legacy through the establishment of the annual Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

2007–> Winner: Natalie Zina Walshots, Judge: Darren Wershler

2008–> Winner: Geoffery Hlibchuk, Judge: Elizabeth Bachinsky

2009–> Winner: Sarah Dowling, Judge: Rachel Zolf

2010–> Winner: Jake Kennedy, Judge: Sina Queryas

2011–> Winner: Pearl Pirie, Judge: Neil Besnar

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