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Eligibility

  • In order to give equal representation to Canada’s two official languages, Poets Laureate are selected alternately from each official language community. The next poet is expected to work primarily in English for the 2020-2021 term.
  • The Parliament of Canada recognizes the diversity of Canada’s literary scene and encourages the participation of poets from all communities.
  • Candidates must be residents of Canada.

Call for Nomination

Position of Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate 2020-2021

Deadline to submit nominations:
Monday 16 September 2019

Criteria for Selection

Candidates must:

  • Have made significant contributions to the literary community;
  • Have a substantial record demonstrating literary excellence;
  • Be available to travel throughout Canada to promote the value of poetry; and
  • Be available to participate in parliamentary events, as required.

Process for Nomination

Please submit nominations by completing the nomination form and send to:

Poet Laureate Selection Committee
Library of Parliament
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9

The nominator must inform the nominee of the submission.

If you have questions, please call 613-992-4793 or toll-free (Canada) 1-866-599-4999 or email info@parl.gc.ca.