2014 Award Winners

And the winner is…

Royal City Literary Arts Society is pleased to announce the winners and runners up for the first annual Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence In Poetry. Judging the award was George Bowering, Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate and author of over 100 books, who was also the Keynote Speaker at the Royal City Literary Arts Society’s First Annual Awards Show on Saturday November 22  at the Richmond Cultural Centre.

The winner of this year’s Fred Cogswell Award was “The Civic-Mindedness of Trees” by Ken Howe, published by Wolsak & Wynn.

Second place went to “The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild” by Murray Reiss, published by Hagios Press.

The shortlisted books also included:

“This Isn’t the Apocalypse We Hoped For” by Al Rempel (Caitlin Press)
“Philosopher at the Skin Edge of Being” by Susan Andrews Grace (Signature Editions)
“Hooking” by Mary Dalton (Signal Editions)
“The Stones” by Dennis Cooley (Turnstone Press)


Congratulations to the poets on the shortlist, and thank you to all who submitted and helped us honour the memory of the late Fred Cogswell!