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Submissions open for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry

A black and white portrait of Fred Cogswell as he smiles for the camera. Red text on a white background reads: Call for Submissions. The Royal City Literary Arts Society logo is featured.


• Book must be bound as a book, not a chapbook.
• Book length must be a minimum of 60 pages in length.
• Poetry must be written in English by a single author.
• No co-writes, anthologies or selected poetry collections.
• Book must be original work by an individual author (translations will not be considered at this time)
• Original date of publication falls between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023.
• Book must be published in Canada.
• Book must be written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident alive in submission year.
• Electronic books are not eligible.

Rob Taylor is the sole judge for our 2024 Fred Cogswell Award For Excellence In Poetry.

Reading Fee:  $25 (Canadian Funds).
Payment can be made through PayPal here
or by cheque payable to “Royal City Literary Arts Society”. 

If you pay with PayPal, please include a copy of your receipt with the submission package.\

Two copies* of the book must be submitted to the Royal City Literary Arts Society, along with the reading fee (or proof thereof), and must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2024. The society’s mailing address is:
Royal City Literary Arts Society
Fred Cogswell Award
Box #308 – 720 6th Street
New Westminster, BC  V3L 3C5

Winners Announcement: Date TBA
*Submitted books will not be returned; they become the property of the Royal City Literary Arts Society.
*In case of any dispute about the book’s eligibility, the Society’s decision will be final. If any conflict of interest is to be determined the book will be deemed ineligible.

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