The Griffin Trust for Excellence In Poetry has cancelled the 2020 shortlist readings scheduled for June 8 and the awards evening dinner on June 9.
The decision comes in light of concerns over COVID-19 and is based on official guidance from the federal Public Health Agency of Canada and Toronto Public Health.
The Griffin Poetry Prize, worth $65,000, is one of the richest awards in the world recognizing a book of poetry.
The seven shortlisted poets also receive $10,000 for their participation in the shortlist readings hosted the preceding night.
The 2020 shortlist of four international and three Canadian writers will be announced on the Griffin Poetry Prize’s website, Twitter and Facebook at 9.00 a.m. ET on April 7, 2020.