Important Dates

John Lent Poetry and Prose Award: Entry Deadline


The John Lent Poetry and Prose Award (JLPPA) was created in 2012 to honour the work of its namesake, a beloved creative writing instructor and founding editor of Kalamalka Press, John Lent.

Every year, the JLPPA has found a well-crafted and meditative manuscript of poetry, prose, or a hybrid of the two from an emerging Canadian writer whose works demonstrates a consistent, plucky style and a fearless devotion to investigating their world.

The contest winner receives a $500 prize, and the manuscript is produced, under the guidance of OC instructor Jason Dewinetz, as a limited-edition chapbook, hand set in metal type and printed by students of Okanagan College's Diploma in Writing & Publishing.

Check out some of the previous winners

Learn more about the contest

John Lent sitting at a table in a coffee shop