Language: ​English/Français

Criteria: ​a biennial award presented to the Manitoba writer whose full-length adult book of poetry in either French or English is judged the best written.  

Prize: ​$1000 to the author 

Sponsor: ​provided by the Manitoba Poetry Endowment through The Winnipeg Foundation.

Administrator: Manitoba Writers' Guild 


  • Entries must be full-length poetry collections of more than 48 pages.
  • Submitted books - written in English or French - must have been published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.
  • Eligible authors will have been a resident in Manitoba for one of the past two years, as well as a resident in Manitoba for three of the last five years.
  • Prize may be awarded posthumously to an author who has met the publication and residency requirements but who has died within the award period. Please note that books written by more than one author are eligible as long as all authors meet the residency criteria.
  • Not eligible:  young adult and children’s books, reprints, chapbooks, anthologies 

Books submitted for this award may also be submitted to all other pertinent categories. Publishers must send four (4) copies of any eligible books to:
Copies will not be returned.

Manitoba Book Awards Submissions
Millennium Library, attn: Kathleen Williams
251 Donald Street, Winnipeg MB, R3C 3P5

All entries must be made through the online form by November 18, 2019. Books published between January 1 and October 31 must be sent to the address above and postmarked by November 18, 2019. Books published between November 1 and December 31 must be postmarked by January 10, 2020, and will only be accepted if the online entry form was submitted by November 18, 2019.