The Walrus Poetry Prize 2017

The Walrus Foundation is delighted to announce the sixth annual $4,000 Walrus Poetry Prize and $1,000 Readers’ Choice Award, generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation. Celebrated poet and novelist Margaret Atwood will choose this year’s winner from a shortlist compiled by Jordan Abel, 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize winner, and Carmine Starnino, deputy editor of The Walrus.

Submissions open Aug. 3, 2017 and close Sept. 13, 2017. Please review the submission guidelines, included on the submissions page, before submitting.


The Walrus Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to the Hal Jackman Foundation for its generous support of the Walrus Poetry Prize and poetry in The Walrus magazine.

Hal Jackman Foundation
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