01 January 2024

Congratulations to Cameron Anstee!

 The winner of the 2023 Nelson Ball Prize is Ottawa poet Cameron Anstee, for his beautiful book Sheets: Typewriter Works, published by Invisible Publishing.


Cameron receives a $1,000 prize, courtesy of the generous donors who make this award possible. Here is the full award presentation:





30 December 2022

The 2022 Nelson Ball Prize Presentation

The 2022 Nelson Ball Prize Presentation will be released on Friday, December 30, at 9:00 a.m. ET. Hear short readings by each of the shortlisted poets, as well as some news about Nelson's legacy. And, of course, learn who won the 2022 Nelson Ball Prize, worth $1,000.



12 October 2022

2022 NELSON BALL PRIZE LONG LIST

We're pleased to announce the Long List for the 2022 Nelson Ball Prize, as selected by our dedicated judges, Beverley Daurio and James McDonald. The judges read about 100 submissions of books, chapbooks, and ephemera, looking for the best in "poetry of observation" by a Canadian poet.

Stay tuned for the Short List! The winner will receive $1,000, thanks to our generous donors.

Here is the Long List of 10 titles, in alphabetical order by the poets' names:


Lines – Cameron Anstee (St. Andrew Books)

Undoing Hours – Selina Boan (Nightwood Editions)

wind – Guy Ewing (Puddles of Sky Press)

a grain of sand – Helen Hajnoczky (above/ground press)

Zero Dawn – Shelly Harder (above/ground press)

A Number of Stunning Attacks – Jessi MacEachern (Invisible Publishing)

Gone South – Barry McKinnon (above/ground press)

Rain's Small Gestures – Pearl Pirie (Apt. 9 Press)

Ghosthawk – Matt Rader (Nightwood Editions)

So/I – Andy Weaver (above/ground press)

Congratulations to Cameron Anstee!

 The winner of the 2023 Nelson Ball Prize is Ottawa poet Cameron Anstee, for his beautiful book Sheets: Typewriter Works, published by Invis...