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

March 28, 2011

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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