Deadline Extended Until Christmas!

Insomniac Press and Matrix Magazine are pleased to announce the 2018 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry is now an international prize and we are currently accepting submissions. 

​This year’s judge is the critically acclaimed poet, Johanna Skibsrud!

​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.

​The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging 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. This year, for the first time, we are accepting all international submissions. 

​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 Johanna Skibsrud:

​Johanna Skibsrud is a Canadian-American writer, whose debut novel, 

The Sentimentalists, was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, making her the youngest writer to ever win Canada’s most prestigious literary prize. 

​The New York Times Book Review describes her most recent novel, Quartet for the End of Time (2014) as a haunting exploration of “the complexity of human relationships and the myriad ways in which identity can be malleable.” “[It] is exhilarating,” writes Joanna Scutts of the Washington Post, “to join a novelist working at these bracing heights.”

​Johanna is also the author of a collection of short fiction, This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories, and the co-author of a children's book, Sometimes We Think You are a Monkey -- proceeds of which are being donated to the Himalayan School Project. She has also published two books of poetry, Late Nights with Wild Cowboys (2008; shortlisted for Canada's Gerald Lampert Award for best first poetry collection by a Canadian author) and I Do Not Think that I Could Love a Human Being (2011; shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize). A third collection, The Description of the World, was published in October 2016. 

​Johanna was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1980. She received her BA in English Literature at the University of Toronto, her MA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montreal, and her PhD in English Literature at the Université de Montréal.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona where she teaches twentieth century literature and poetics.

Poetry and Short Fiction submissions for the Matrix website. Roxanna Bennett, web editor. 
Matrix Magazine