Montreal poetry prize worth $50,000

March 29, 2011

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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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