2021 Winners of the Don Gutteridge Poetry Award

2022 Submission Info Link at the bottom of this page.

First Place: $2,500.00 – Plus 50 copies of the published book.

David BlaikieA Season in Lowertown

Second Place: $1,000.00 – Plus 50 copies of the published book.

Wendy Jean MacLeanOn Small Wings

Third Place: $500.00 – Plus 50 copies of the published book.

Antony DiNardoThrough Yonder Window Breaks

Honourable Mention:

Mike MadillThe Better Part of Some Time – 50 copies of the published book.

All 4 winning books will be published by Wet Ink Books in 2022.

All 4 authors will be featured in a future issue of Devour: Art & Lit Canada. You can find back issues of Devour at: www.issuu.com/richardgrove1/stacks/bc11ecdd1e7646c4b1fac2bb7aef11ef

Stay tuned for the Devour issue with the 4 winners.

A Message From Don:

I am delighted with the results of this 2021 inaugural year of the Don Gutteridge Poetry Award. We are proud to have received a wide range of Canadian poets, published and unpublished, men and women, from various regions of the country.

Initially I proposed a single prize of $2,500,00, but it soon became apparent that the quality of submissions called for more than a single winner. Hence the first, second and third places and the honourable mention.

I want to personally thank all those who submitted manuscripts and provided me with many weeks of stimulating reading. Canadian poetry is in a good place.

Don Gutteridge

Don Gutteridge Brief Bio:

Don Gutteridge was born in Sarnia, Ontario and raised in the nearby village of Point Edward. In 1948 the family moved to the Fourth Line of Sarnia Township and Don attended a one-room country school for grades 6 to 8. (His 1992 novel, Winter’s Descent, focusses on that experience) In 1952 the family moved to Chatham, Ontario, where Don attended Chatham Collegiate Institute. In 1956 he enrolled at Western University and graduated in 1960 with a degree in English Language and Literature. He began to write poetry in earnest there. Upon graduation, Don taught high school English for seven years, continuing to write poetry and an unpublished novel. In 1968 his first book of poetry appeared, Riel: A Poem For Voices. By 1976 he had completed a tetralogy of historical poems and published his first of twenty-two novels, Bus-Ride. In 1968 he joined Western’s Faculty of Education, where he taught English Methods to prospective High School English teachers for the next twenty-five years, retiring a professor emeritus in 1993. During that time he continued to publish both poetry and fiction. Of particular note is his twelve-volume series of Marc Edwards mystery novels. He and his wife Anne (now deceased) welcomed two children and six grandchildren. Don’s hobbies were golf, bridge and curling. Even at the age of eighty-one he continues to write poetry. In all he has produced seventy books: poetry, fiction and scholarly works in educational theory and practice. He lives in London Ontario.

Don Gutteridge Poetry Collections:

  • Riel: A Poem For Voices, Fiddlehead Poetry Books: Fredericton, 1968; and Van Nostrand Reinhold: Toronto, 1972.
  • The Village Within, Fiddlehead: Fredericton, 1970.
  • Death At Quebec and Other Poems, Fiddlehead: Fredericton, 1971.
  • Perspectives: Poems Toward a Biography, Pennywise Press, London, Ontario, 1971.
  • Saying Grace: An Elegy, Fiddlehead: Fredericton, 1972.
  • Coppermine: The Quest For North, Oberon: Ottawa, 1973.
  • Borderlands, Oberon: Ottawa, 1975.
  • Tecumseh, Oberon: Ottawa, 1976.
  • A True History of Lambton County, Oberon: Ottawa, 1977.
  • God’s Geography, Brick Books: London, 1982.
  • The Exiled Heart; Selected Narratives, Oberon: Ottawa, 1986.
  • Love in the Wintertime, Oberon: Ottawa, 1990.
  • Flute Music in the Cello’s Belly, Moonstone: Goderich, 1997.
  • Bloodlines, Oberon: Ottawa, 2001.
  • Something More Miraculous, Oberon: Ottawa, 2004.
  • Still Magical, Oberon: Ottawa, 2007.
  • Coming Home, Oberon: Ottawa, 2011.
  • The Way It Was, Friesen Press: Vancouver, 2014.
  • Tidings, Black Moss Press: Windsor, 2015.
  • Peripheries, (ebook) First Choice Books: Victoria, 2016.
  • Inundations, Hidden Brook Press: Brighton, 2016.
  • The Blue Flow Below, Black Moss Press: Windsor, 2017.
  • The Sands of Canatara (ebook) First Choice Books: Victoria, 2017.
  • Inklings, Black Moss Press: Windsor, 2017.
  • The Village Within, (re-issue, ebook)) First Choice Books: Victoria, 2017.
  • Cameron Lake, (ebook) First Choice Books: Victoria, 2018.
  • Home Ground, Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2018.
  • Two Dozen for Anne, First Choice books, Victoria, 2018
  • Bereft: Poems for my Beloved, First Choice Books, Victoria, 2018.
  • Another Poem For Anne, First Choice Books, Victoria, 2018.
  • Days Worth the Telling, Black Moss Press, Windsor, 2018.
  • The Breath of My Being, First Choice Books, Victoria, 2018.
  • Foster’s Pond, Borealis, Ottawa, 2019
  • The Star-Brushed Horizon, Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2019.
  • Mara’s Lamp, Black Moss Press. 2019.
  • Impious Whims: Selected Poems, Borealis Press, 2019.
  • In the Rarefied Regions of the Heart, Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2020.
  • Point Taken: Collected Poems 2014-2020, Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2020.
  • By and By, With John B. Lee. Brighton: Hidden Brook Press 2020.
  • The Derelict Heart, Brighton: Hidden Brook Press: 2020.
  • Invincible Ink, Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2020.
  • Into the Milkweed Meadow, Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2021.
  • Where Rivers Run Deep, Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2021.
  • More Boding Than Blood, Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2021.
  • Inking the World, Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2021

Find the 2022 Call for Award Submissions here:


Entries start on June 01, 2022