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March 30, 2011

[correction: please note that the Montreal Prize was not founded by a group called 'Literary Montreal'; there is no such group we're aware of. The Montreal Prize was founded by its directors. You can read about them here]

http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/1353

Anonymous Benefactor Establishes $50,000 Montreal Poetry Prize
ALEX MANLEY — MARCH 29, 2011

A poet’s lot in life is a thankless one.

Scorned by the hard-working working classes, ignored by the twittering media, pestered by email spam and largely forgotten in the history books, poets can only find joy in having their work recognized by others—being asked to read, getting published and receiving prizes.

Often these are not even enough to make a poet truly happy in the first place, let alone act as a lasting source of inner joy.

All that has changed, though, with the announcement over the weekend of the $50,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize, a sort of early Christmas for the poets of the world.

Brainchild of an anonymous benefactor and the group Literary Montreal, the prize will be awarded to the best poem “written in any English dialect” submitted to the contest, whose final submission deadline is set for July 8.
Entries must be 40 lines or fewer—although entrants are allowed a “brief epigraph”—and, likely to discourage money-hungry poets worldwide from spamming the ten jurors into literary oblivion, an entry will set you back a cool $15 to $25, depending on where in the world you live and when you submit.

The selection board’s ten members, of which Concordia creative writing professor Stephanie Bolster is one, hail from five different continents (Antarctica and South America get the shaft here, though the group includes two Caribbean poets), and are tasked with winnowing the pool of submissions, which is sure to be massive, down to 150 poems—which will be published online in a longlist anthology—and then down to 50, which will be published in a printed shortlist anthology.

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New Montreal Prize to award $50K for poetry

March 29, 2011

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2011/03/29/poetry-montreal-prize.html?ref=rss

CBC News Posted: Mar 29, 2011 12:31 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 29, 2011 12:31 PM ET

A new, $50,000 prize aims to shine a light on English-language poets around the globe.

Organizers of the Montreal International Poetry Prize have enlisted former British poet laureate Andrew Motion to judge the inaugural edition of the Canadian-based competition.

Established through an anonymous donation, the Montreal Prize is designed to draw attention to poetry, with organizers “committed to encouraging the creation of original works of poetry, to building cross-national readership and to exploring the world’s Englishes.”

Founders of the Montreal Prize include poet Asa Boxer, businessman Peter Abramowicz and former banker and writer Len Epp.

Entries of unpublished poems — no longer than 40 lines and written in any English dialect — will be accepted as “early” entries until April 22. The final deadline is July 8.

Then, a 10-person editorial board — including Irish poet Sinead Morrissey, Canadian poets Stephanie Bolster and Michael Harris, as well as peers from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean — will filter through the submissions to create a long list of candidates.

Véhicule Press will publish two collections from the submissions: an e-book collection featuring the long-listed candidates and another global anthology (to be published in print and e-book) focussing on the finalists.

The board will draw up a short list of 50 poems, with Motion to choose the eventual winner in December.

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Montreal International Poetry Prize offering $50,000 for one winning poem

March 29, 2011

http://www.quillandquire.com/google/article.cfm?article_id=11747

Talk about making your words count. The winner of the inaugural Montreal International Poetry Prize will pocket $50,000 for just one short poem.

The global English-language competition is organized by a new Canadian non-profit organization. MIPS is “committed to encouraging the creation of original works of poetry, to building cross-national readership and to exploring the world’s Englishes.” Overseen by an editorial board of international poets, the prize is administered by a staff of three — Peter Abramowicz, Asa Boxer, and Len Epp. While this year’s prize money was donated anonymously, it is the organizers’ hope that future competitions will be funded through participant fees and key sponsors.

This year’s prize judge is former U.K. poet laureate Andrew Motion. A 10-person jury, including Quebec poet Stephanie Bolster, will select the longlist, which will appear in an anthology to be published by Véhicule Press. A second shortlist anthology is also planned.

Poems must be unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. Entry fees are broken down into two categories, based on whether the writer’s home residence is a “developing nation” or a “developed nation,” as determined by the UN’s Human Development Index. Early entry deadline is April 22, and the final deadline is July 8.

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Montreal poetry prize worth $50,000

March 29, 2011

http://aol.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/aolstory/TGAM/20110329/RVBUZZ0329ATL_3

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Toronto — Could there be a poet writing in English who isn’t polishing his or her gems, following the announcement of the Montreal International Poetry Prize, which will award $50,000 to a single poem in December?

Funded anonymously for one year, the prize is the brainchild of business consultant Peter Abramowicz, former investment banker and aspiring writer Len Epp and poet Asa Boxer, who are hoping the gambit will showcase Montreal as a centre of English-speaking culture and attract the sponsorship needed to make it an annual event. In the meantime, they have assembled a 10-person board to select the best 50 poems, which will be published in an anthology from Véhicule Press this fall. The winner will be selected by former British poet laureate Andrew Motion.

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Arc poet launches $50,000 global poetry prize. Seriously.

March 28, 2011

http://www.arcpoetry.ca/2011/03/28/arc-poet-launches-50000-global-poetry-prize-seriously

 

A poet writing in English from anywhere in the world could win $50,000 this year: as far we can tell, the most cash ever awarded for a single poem. The new Montreal International Poetry Prize will award the prize to a poem of 40 lines or fewer. Its editorial board includes accomplished poets in Australia, Canada, England, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Ireland and the US. The final judge for the 2011 prize is Andrew Motion, former UK poet laureate (pictured above). One of the folks behind this audacious scheme is Montreal poet Asa Boxer, whom Arc readers may recall from poems, reviews and essays that have appeared in Arc in recent years, including his highly entertaining poem “Dante’s Ikea,” which was published in Arc 60. For more on the Montreal prize click here.

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New $50,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize launched

March 28, 2011

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/in-other-words

Linda Leith

Literary Montreal is the source of an audacious new literary prize announced late last week: the Montreal International Poetry Prize, which will award $50,000 for a single poem of up to 40 lines written in English.

Billing itself the “World’s Largest Poetry Competition,” the prize is “designed to bring more attention to poetry and to encourage people from all over the world to enter their poems,” according to a press release.

What is innovative about the prize is its encouragement of poems using “any English dialect” and its openness to poets from all over the world, whether previously published or not.

The $50,000 is a gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. “We are currently seeking a sponsor or patron for future years,” explains Peter Abramowicz, the business consultant who is one of the Montreal Prize’s three founders; the others are former investment banker and aspiring writer Len Epp and poet and literary critic Asa Boxer.

Asked if to comment on the audacity of launching a globe English poetry prize in Montreal, Epp says, “It’s not necessarily audacious. It’s certainly interesting. We think it’s a great thing for Montreal, not just for the English-speaking community, and we hope that people will share our belief that Montreal is a great cultural city.”

An editorial board of distinguished poets includes Montreal’s Stephanie Bolster and Michael Harris, former Montrealer Eric Ormsby, Australian John Kinsella, Jamaican-born Valerie Bloom, Malawian Frank M. Chipasula, as well as the Nigerian Odia Ofeimun, Mumbai poet Anand Thakore, Sinéad Morrissey from Belfast and London-born Fred D’Aguiar, who grew up in Guyana of Guyanese parents.

The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22, with a final deadline of July 8, 2011. The editorial board will choose the top 50 out of the poems submitted, and these will be published in print and in e-formats by Montreal’s Véhicule Press in fall 2011. The winner of the inaugural prize, chosen by 2011 judge Andrew Motion, will be announced in December.

For more information on the Montreal International Poetry Prize, including entry fees, contact Len Epp or visit http://www.montrealprize.com.

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Montreal Poetry Prize to Award a Whopping $50,000 for One Poem

March 28, 2011

http://www.penmeapoem.com/2011/03/montreal-poetry-prize-to-award-a-whopping-50000-for-one-poem

One of the biggest prize money awards for a single winning poem is set to be won in December of this year. The Montreal Poetry Prize has set a whopping $50,000 sum for the lucky word-smith who is selected as the winner. This will be done by former British poet laureate Andrew Motion. Each entry to the competition will cost either $10 or $20 depending on whether the poet is from a developed or developing nation.
One of the most fascinating aspects of this competition is the mystery prize donor. The as yet unnamed sponsor is likely to be someone who has a deep love for poetry and the written word in general.
As one of the Montreal Prize’s three founders, Peter Abramowicz, said of the mystery person: “We were lucky to find someone generous and forward-thinking enough to kick-start this project with a catalyst donation.”
The top 100 and then the top 50 poems will be published in two different anthologies, both by Véhicule Press. Organisers are hoping the yearly prize will make a major change in cultural and literary awareness both in Canada and the wider world. All poems must be submitted by July 8 to be eligible for the potential prize money and the largest of its kind.

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Inaugural Montreal International Poetry Prize – $50,000 prize

March 27, 2011

http://www.chinokino.com/2011/03/inaugural-montreal-international-poetry.html

An new poetry competition has been announced. Billed as the biggest poetry competition in history, Montreal International Poetry Prize has a $50,000 prize for the winning poem. The winner will be selected by Andrew Motion, a former British Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009.

They accept submissions from around the world. Submissions must be in English and no more than 40 lines. They must be unpublished and original works by a single author. The top 50 finalists will be published in an anthology by Véhicule Press in the fall. They will also publish a longer e-anthology of the top 150 poems.

The Early Entry Deadline is 11:59pm on April 22 2011, which the Final Entry Deadline at a slightly higher entry fee is 11:59pm on July 8 2011. The fees are lower for “developing” nations and for additional entries by the same person.

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The Montreal International Poetry Prize contest awaits you!

March 27, 2011

http://tdotwriters.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/montreal-international-poetry-prize

GLOBAL & GRASSROOTS

Wherever you’re from, no matter the style, we invite you to share your rhythms, your cultural inflections, your Englishes!

The Montreal International Poetry Prize contest awaits you!
First prize is $50 000.

The first 50 finalists will be published in a global anthology.

The first 150 finalists will have their poems included in a longlist e-anthology.

Early deadline: April 22, 2011
Final Deadline: July 8, 2011

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New Montreal Based Global Poetry Competition Offers $50,000 Prize

March 26, 2011

http://beattiesbookblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-montreal-based-global-poetry.html

A group of leading poets from around the
world has organized the biggest poetry competition in history.

Launched this week, the new Montreal International Poetry Prize will award $50,000 for a single poem of 40 lines or fewer, written in any English dialect. Designed to bring more attention to poetry and to encourage people from all over the world to enter their poems, the not-for-profit Montreal Prize represents a major contribution to the global cultural scene.

To reflect its global perspective, the Montreal Prize has assembled an editorial board of accomplished poets from Australia, Canada, England, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Ireland and the US.

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