First-time winners include novelist Michael Christie and YA author Tom Ryan.
A total of $30,000 will be split among the eight prizes.
Kellough will receive $65,000, the largest prize for a single volume of poetry in the world
Winners will be announced in an event online on June 17.
The annual awards recognize Canadian cartoonists and comic artists.
All books published in English or in French after Feb. 29, 2020, will be eligible for submission up until October 1, 2020.
The $20,000 CAD biannual prize is awarded to a single English-language poem of 40 lines or less.
The jury selected the finalists from 24 collections submitted.
The Rising Stars will receive a mentorship, a series of career development and networking events, a two-week residency at the Banff Centre, and $5,000.