The Walrus Foundation Announces the Third Annual $5,000 Walrus Poetry Prize

The Walrus Foundation Announces the Third Annual

$5,000 Walrus Poetry Prize



The Walrus Foundation is proud to announce the third annual

Walrus Poetry Prize, generously supported by the

Hal Jackman Foundation. “I’m really proud that our

poetry prize is now in its third year, and that

the incredible Amanda Jernigan is our judge. I

can’t wait to see what gems we find in this year’s

submissions.” Submissions open May 15,

and entries from eligible Canadian poets will be

accepted until June 30 at


Critically acclaimed poet Amanda Jernigan will

choose this year’s prize winner from a list of

finalists compiled by The Walrus magazine’s poetry

editor, Michael Lista. The finalists and the prize

winner will be selected blindly, with names

revealed following the selection process. On

September 1, five finalists will be unveiled

online at, where the

public can vote for the Readers’ Choice Award.


The Walrus Poetry Prize winner will receive

$4,000, and the Readers’ Choice Award winner will

receive $1,000. Both poems will be published in

the December 2014 issue of The Walrus and online


The Hal Jackman Foundation has generously

supported the prize since its inauguration. “We

are delighted to be supporting the Walrus Poetry

Prize again for its third year,” says executive

director Victoria Jackman. “Our foundation strives

to foster creativity and enrich our community

through the arts, and this project takes on that

challenge by creating new opportunities for

talented Canadian poets while engaging readers in

the discussion and appreciation of the wonderful

poetry our country has to offer.”


The prize will bring the best new poems and poets

in Canada to light for a national audience.

“Several times in the past year, I’ve been

buttonholed, pinned down by a poem in the pages of

The Walrus, a short lyric that has proven

unforgettable,” says Jernigan. “I am looking

forward to reading the finalists for this year’s

contest and am expecting to find poems that will

be similarly arresting.”


The Walrus Foundation is dedicated to publishing

the best in Canadian poetry, and the poetry prize

helps us accomplish this goal. Shelley Ambrose,

executive director of the Walrus Foundation and

co-publisher of The Walrus, says, “The Walrus

Poetry Prize is an occasion to support the best

poets in our country and create a forum for

conversation about poetry. We are excited to have

the ongoing support of the Hal Jackman Foundation,

which shares our enthusiasm for this exciting

project. We’re looking forward once again to

discovering and sharing the best new poetry with



Winners will be announced at in November 2014.


Participate at


Submissions: May 15–June 30

Vote for the Readers’ Choice Award:

September 1–30

Read the winning poems: November


For more information about the Walrus Poetry Prize

or to schedule an interview please contact:

 Stephanie Damgaard

Development Coordinator

The Walrus Foundation



The Hal Jackman Foundation believes cultural

activities are essential tools in fostering

vibrant, livable communities. It is committed to

the development and presentation of compelling

artistic programs in the visual and performing

arts. It focuses on increasing access to and

appreciation of arts and culture, as well as

building the audiences of the future. In the last

25 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $20

million to over 200 arts and educational

institutions, underlining the Hal Jackman

Foundation’s civic commitment to Toronto.



The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable

non-profit with an educational mandate to create

forums for conversations on matters vital to

Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to

supporting writers, artists, ideas, and

conversation. We achieve these goals across many

platforms: publishing The Walrus magazine ten

times a year in print, tablet, and smart phone

editions; curating The Walrus Talks, leadership

dinners, speakers’ series, and other events across

the country; publishing original high-quality

content at; through such digital

projects as Walrus Ebooks; and by partnering with

Blue Ant Media to produce documentaries and other

programming at, and training young

professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit