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Stuart Ross to launch Nelson Ball Prize for Canadian poetry

Writer Stuart Ross, editor of Anvil Press poetry imprint A Feed Dog Book, has announced a new Canadian poetry prize. The Nelson Ball Prize will honour poetry of observation.

The inaugural $1,000 prize will recognize Canadian publications released in 2018 or 2019. The prize will run in three-year cycles. The third year, to be held in 2022, will celebrate Canadians who have “made a significant, under-the-mainstream-radar contribution to Canadian literature.”

The prize honours the legacy of Canadian poet Nelson Ball, who passed away August 16, 2019 in Brantford, Ontario. It will be juried by two volunteer judges, with the winning publication to be announced in fall 2020.

Submissions are being accepted by mail through March 30. Submission guidelines were announced on Twitter.