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2024 Shortlist

Amelia M. GlaserUSA and Yuliya IlchukUkraine

A Crash Course in Molotov Cocktails Shortlisted

translated from the Ukrainian written by
Halyna KrukUkraine
Arrowsmith Press, USA

To 2040 Shortlisted

Copper Canyon Press, USA

School of Instructions Shortlisted

Faber & Faber, UK
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, USA

Door Shortlisted

Penguin Books USA, USA
George McWhirterCanada/Northern Ireland

Self-Portrait in the Zone of Silence Winner

translated from the Spanish written by
Homero AridjisMexico
New Directions Publishing, USA

The Prize

A History of Excellence

The Griffin Poetry Prize is one of the world’s most generous poetry awards. As of 2023, the prize is worth C$130,000, making it the world’s largest international prize for a single book of poetry written in, or translated into English. The other shortlisted poets each receive $10,000. Explore the 22-year history of the Griffin Poetry Prize here.

Additionally, a new $10,000 prize is awarded for a Canadian First Book of poetry, along with a six-week residency in Italy in partnership with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation to a Canadian Citizen, or permanent resident, for a first book written in English. A Lifetime Recognition Award is awarded by the trustees in the sum of C$25,000.

2024 Announcements

Mark your calendars for these important announcements.

March 20, 2024

Griffin Poetry Prize Longlist announced

April 17, 2024

Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist announced

May 29, 2024

Canadian First Book Prize winner announced

June 5, 2024

Griffin Poetry Prize winner announced at the readings in Toronto

The Griffin Poetry Prize has been acknowledging and encouraging poets for twenty-two years. At a time when censorship and attacks on a diverse array of writers are on the rise in many countries – including the United States – it’s heartening to see such a strong vote of confidence in poets coming from Canada. Poetry is not a minor art form; it is the crucible of human language.

Margaret Atwood, Founding Trustee