Announcing the winner of the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry:

Hidden City by Jeremy Stewart

"This is a crackling, energetic, desperate suite of poems. Weird and worrying."
–Ken Babstock, author of Methodist Hatchet

How does a place get in your bones? How do you become the bones of a place? Hidden City unearths memories that don't want to be found. A poem cycle that speaks through disembodied voices—the parts of ourselves we don't want to acknowledge, but which refuse to be silenced—Hidden City's post-lyrical form opens a secret door to the experience of nostalgia for a traumatic past.

Jeremy Stewart's work has appeared in ditch, stonestone, and filling Station. He won the Barry McKinnon Chapbook Award in 2007, and had several past efforts shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry before winning the prize in 2014. Hidden City is his second book. His first book, (flood basement, was released by Caitlin Press in 2009. Stewart lives in Prince George, BC.


Our partners over at Invisible Publishing, and this year’s Robert Kroetsch Award judge, Ken Babstock, have offered their learned opinions and helped whittle down award submissions to the following shortlist. Here then, in no particular order are the few, the proud, the brave:

Michael Chaulk
Alex Leslie
Jeremy Stewart
Jennifer Zilm

Congratulations all around!

Invisible Publishing's Snare Imprint is pleased to announce that the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry will be judged by Ken Babstock.

Ken Babstock is the author of Methodist Hatchet (Anansi 2011) and Airstream Land Yacht (Anansi, 2006) winner of The Trillium Prize for Poetry, finalist for the Governor General's Award, The Griffin Prize for Poetry, and The Winterset Award. Earlier collections include Mean, winner of The Atlantic Poetry Prize and The Milton Acorn Award, and Days into Flatspin, winner of a K.M. Hunter Award and finalist for the Winterset Prize. All three books were listed in The Globe and Mail's Books of the Year. His poems have won Gold at the National Magazine Awards, appeared widely in anthologies in Canada, The US, and Ireland, and have been translated into French, German, Dutch, Serbo-Croatian and Czech.

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry

The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Invisible Publishing's Snare Imprint.

The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing's Snare Imprint which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 advance.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: January 31, 2014

Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” No cash please.

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About Robert Kroetsch:
One of Canada’s most celebrated literary artists, Robert Kroetsch is without a doubt Canada’s most important postmodern writer. His novels, poetry and theory have consistently been benchmarks for literary innovation in Canada. He won the governor General’s Award for his novel, The Studhorse Man, and in 2004, he was made an officer of the order of Canada. Kroetsch passed away suddenly in 2011. Invisible Publishing's Snare Imprint is proud to honour his literary legacy through the establishment of the annual Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

2007–> Winner: Natalie Zina Walshots, Judge: Darren Wershler
2008–> Winner: Geoffery Hlibchuk, Judge: Elizabeth Bachinsky
2009–> Winner: Sarah Dowling, Judge: Rachel Zolf
2010–> Winner: Jake Kennedy, Judge: Sina Queryas
2011–> Winner: Pearl Pirie, Judge: Neil Besner
2012–> Winner: Laura Broadbent, Judge: Sachiko Murakami
2013-> Winner: Claire Lacey, Judge: Jay MillAr