In memory of bpNichol, a prize of $1,000 is offered for the best poetry chapbook written in English and published in Canada.
About The Chapbook Award
A prize of $1,000 is offered for the best poetry chapbook written in English and published in Canada. The chapbook should be between 10 and 48 pages long. This annual award is sponsored by the Phoenix Community Works Foundation. The poet or publisher should submit three copies (not returnable) and a brief curriculum vitae to:
The bpNichol Chapbook Award
Attn: Philip McKenna
316 Dupont Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1V9
March 30 of each year.
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We would like to increase the amount of the annual award to aspiring poets from $1,000 to $2,000 as well as establish a 2nd and 3rd prize. If you would like to support this project through a contribution, grant or donation, please contact us or make a donation online.
Steven Ross Smith & Hilary Clark (writers),
Betsy Rosenwald (art and design)
The judges, Bev Daurio and Richard Truhlar, wished to include the artist/designer in the award as her work was integral to the finished chapbook.
Lisa Robertson's "ROUSSEAU'S BOAT" has been selected as the winner of this year's Chapbook Award.
It is published by
Nomados, P.O.Box 4031
349 West Georgia St.
Vancouver,B.C., V6B 3Z4
The following excerpt is published with permission:
"It was only half past eight, but the month was April.
With greeny pleasure I wrote.
This is the melodic contour of the cry of a kind of fruitdove.
My body became apparition in the hot, thin air.
I wrote a story of beginnings, of beginnings, of meat, of words.
I wanted to realize gender as a form of tactile thought.
I intended to be nourished."