Alfred G. Bailey Prize

Poetry Manuscript

      • 48 to 96 pages
      • Individual poems can be previously published, but the manuscript
        must be unpublished
      • First Prize $350, Second Prize $200, Third Prize 1 year WFNB membership

      2024 Judge: Susan Gillis 

      Susan Gillis has lived on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and along the St. Lawrence River, and now makes her home near Perth in eastern Ontario. Her most recent book, Yellow Crane (Brick, 2018), is a meditation on ecologies of place, writing, and desire. Her work has been featured in Best Canadian Poetry, Juniper, The Fiddlehead, Grain, and other journals in print and online. A member of the collaborative group Yoko’s Dogs, Susan also works as an editor and mentor. Find her at

      2022 - 2023 Judge: Alice Burdick


      First Prize: Agata Antonow (Florenceville-Bristol, NB ), Her Strange Position

      Second Prize: John McNeil (NB), Bigfoot at the Lord Nelson

      Third Prize: Ian LeTourneau (Fredericton, NB), Metadata from a Changing Climate

      2021 - 2022 Judge: Trevor Corkum


      First Prize: Amy Murphy, Cliffs and Piles

      Second Prize: Phillip Crymble, The Rowan Berries of Winter

      Third Prize:  Jane Tims, persist, perish, escape

      Honourable Mention: Bryn Harris, The Anthem of the White-Throated Sparrow 

      I won First Place in the Bailey Prize category in 2016, Third Place in 2020 and 2022. I am so proud to be able to report this in the author and cover descriptions for my various books, knowing that people unfamiliar with my work will recognize the honour and confidence expressed through the winning of these awards.

      --Jane Tims

      Winning the Alfred G. Bailey prize for best poetry manuscript has encouraged me to continue to improve my manuscript, to create new works, and even to explore writing new genres.  I am motivated to regularly submit to contests, and I have become both more open and more discerning in how I consume all art forms, with a heightened appreciation for process. --Amy Murphy, First Prize, 2022

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