Insomniac Press and Matrix Magazine are pleased to announce that the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry is now accepting submissions. This year’s judge is the brilliant Wayde Compton.
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 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.
Entries must be between 48-150 pages.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: March 1, 2017.
About Robert Kroetsch:
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.
About Wayde Compton:
Wayde Compton is the author of books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and the editor of two anthologies. Three of his books ¾ The Outer Harbour (Arsenal Pulp, 2014), After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region (Arsenal Pulp, 2010), and The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil-SFU Public Square, 2015) ¾ were finalists for the City of Vancouver Book Award, and the former won in 2015. His book 49th Parallel Psalm (Arsenal Pulp, 1999) was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Compton is the associate director of Creative Writing in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University, where he administrates the Writer’s Studio.