2021 John Newlove Award 2021 John Newlove Award


I am pleased to announce that Richard-Yves Sitoski has won the 2021 John Newlove Poetry Award for his poem, "Air Kiss" published on in November, 2020.

This year's judge was Elee Kraljii Gardiner.

"I feel the kindred recognition of the ridiculousness of being human. Richard-Yves Sitoski has lifted a regular moment into something both glittering and poignant that for a moment made me forget about routine, expectation, order. This poem cleaned my smeared glasses and straightened my collar. Here I am, buoyed and mentally reorganized to face another pandemic day."


The annual John Newlove Poetry award, launched in the fall of 2004, commemorates the honest, poignant and well-written poetry of John Newlove, an Ottawa resident for almost twenty years and poet who died in 2003.


The 3 poems receiving honourable mention in 2021 are


Kintsugi Song - Kathleen Klassen
Duvet - Kathleen Klassen
Gatineau Trails - Cara Goodwin
Each year the winner will receive a certificate, A Long Continual Argument: The Selected Poems of John Newlove, Edited by Robert McTavish (Chaudiere Books, 2007) and the opportunity to publish a chapbook through Bywords.

Poems published on from September 2021 to August 2022 will be eligible for consideration for next year's Newlove award. The judge for the 2022 award will be Jacqueline Valencia.

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