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.

We are no longer accepting submissions, but please stay tuned. On October 17, 2017, the shortlist will be announced, and voting will begin for the Readers’ Choice Award.


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
Poetry in Voice

Previous Poetry Prize Winners and Finalists


The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for conversations on matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals by publishing The Walrus magazine—which focuses on Canada and its place in the world—ten times a year; producing the national series of Walrus Talks; posting original, high-quality content daily at thewalrus.ca; and training young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.