Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest

The niftiest poetry prize in Canada today!

By entering the BCBCPAC you have a chance to win $1,250 in cash, a one-week residency in the Leighton Artists’ Studios (Banff Centre), a jeweller-cast replica of poet Bliss Carman’s ring, an invitation to THIN AIR (produced by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival), dinner with the staff of Prairie Fire and publication in Prairie Fire magazine.

Current Winner

Jim Johnstone, 2018 winner for Identity as an Infinity Mirror

Previous Winners

Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award winners

2017 • Tammy Armstrong, Old Horses Make Whisper
2016 • Natalie Appleton, Annie Pootoogook
2015 • Jason Stefanik, Letter to Leonard Peltier
2014 •
Harold Hoefle, A Loving Follow-Through
• Owain Nicholson, Hunter (II)
• Jennifer Still, Spiny Oakworm
• Sue Goyette, Suite of Three Poems
• Jacob McArthur Mooney, Unisphere at Midnight
2009 • Nora Gould, Some nights he breathed up all the air
2008 • Linda Frank, A Long Time Coming
2007 • Jane Munro, Master your hands and your feet, your words and your thoughts
2006 • Trisha Cull, Loose
2005 • M. Travis Lane, The Safety Net
2004 • Brenda Leifso, If I Meet You Again on This Old Road: Elegy for Grandpa
2003 • Catherine Greenwood, Astrolobe
2002 • Tanis MacDonald, Arise and Walk
2001 • Jeanette Lynes, Abacus Abalone Abandon
2000 • Margaret Christakos, Pumpkins, for Claire
1999 • Anne Simpson, Little Stories
1998 • Patricia Young, Overdose
1997 • Sylvia Legris, from discontinuous prayer