PublishersArchive.com

Directory of book publishers, literary awards, book events and more

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).


  • View Past Winners

  • Cost to Enter: $25

  • Submission Deadline: Jan 31, 2020

  • 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:

Related Contests

Vallum Chapbook Award
Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished chapbooks for this contest. Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not...
Deadline: 2017-03-31

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems. Named after the first direct...
Deadline: 2017-04-30

Fugue Annual Writing Contest
Fugue’s Annual Writing Contest accepts submissions of both poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction). Multiple submissions are accepted as long ...
Deadline: 2017-05-01