Time is running out to enter the premiere contest in North America for emerging poets: The 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. 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.




Enter via Submittable now!


You may also enter via regular mail:



Send manuscripts to:

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry
Insomniac Press c/o Matrix
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658
Montreal QC
H3G 1M8


(Each entry must be accompanied with a business-size SASE and an entry fee of $30. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” Please do not send cash.)


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.

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