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The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry


  [Insomniac Press and Matrix Magazine]

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658

Montreal PQ H3G 1M8




Robert Kroetsch was one of Canada’s most celebrated literary writers and critics. His novels, poetry, and theory have consistently been benchmarks for literary innovation in Canada. His novel The Studhorse Man (1969) won the Governor General’s Award for Literary Merit, and in 2004, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Kroetsch passed away suddenly in 2011. Insomniac Press and Matrix magazine are proud to honour his literary legacy through the establishment of the annual Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging North American writer (a writer who has published two or fewer books). Each year, the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in cooperation with Insomniac Press and Matrix magazine.


  • Submission Instructions/Form

  • View Past Winners

  • Cost to Enter: $25

  • Submission Deadline: Mar 01, 2017

  • First Prize: The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Insomniac Press, which will include the publication of their manuscript, advance on royalties, and representation and distribution throughout North America.

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry is listed in the following categories:

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