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Radio interview with Asa Boxer

April 17, 2011

http://www.cbc.ca/cinqasix/writers/2011/04/16/big-bucks-for-writers

Click on the link above to listen to an interview about the Montreal Prize with one of its directors, Asa Boxer. Featured on the CBC Radio show Cinq a Six with host Pierre Landry.

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$50 000 Poetry Writing Competition

April 13, 2011

http://quebecdrama.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/50-000-poetry-writing-competition

BY QDF
New $50,000 Poetry Competition Based on Global, Grassroots Model

MONTREAL, 29 March 2011 – A group of leading poets from around the world has organized the biggest poetry competition in history. 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.

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A glittering prize for the poets

April 8, 2011

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/a-glittering-prize-for-the-poets/story-e6frg8nf-1226033435160

A PAIR OF RAGGED CLAWS: Stephen Romei From: The Australian April 09, 2011 12:00AM

POETS sometimes feel like poor relations in the writerly family, and not without reason, especially when it comes to the literary prize circuit.

To take a local example, this year the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards is extending its largesse to authors of kids’ books and young adult fiction, but poets don’t get a look-in. Overseas, the Man Booker people seem to unveil a new franchise every year — the International Booker, the Asian Booker, the Lost Booker, the Cookbook Booker (kidding) — but there’s no Poetry Booker. Well, a new prize hopes to fill that gap. The winner of the inaugural Montreal International Poetry Prize will receive a Bookeresque $50,000 for a previously unpublished poem “written in any English dialect”….

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SHOP TALK: GLOBAL POETRY AND THE MONTREAL POETRY PRIZE

April 7, 2011

http://carte-blanche.org/shop-talk-global-poetry-and-the-montreal-poetry-prize

The association of poetry with nationalism is ancient and, in the literary establishment, effectively universal. Poets in the distant past sang of their peoples, and poetry has traditionally taken the highest role in national self-expression: there’s a reason most peoples sing verse anthems instead of reading prose paragraphs when they’re celebrating national identity.

But however natural it may seem to categorize poems according to countries, the practice is deeply problematic.

In part, that is because this very universality has assumed a position of exclusivity—so much so that most people wouldn’t think to question the categorization of a poem according to its national origin, whether in ‘English’ or ‘Irish’ or ‘American’ literature courses, let alone in poetry anthologies….

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Montreal Poetry Prize

April 5, 2011

http://encorelit.ca/?p=583

From Encore Literary Magazine | Edited by Michael Carbert

This past week marked marked the launch of a brand new English-language literary award, the Montreal International Poetry Prize, which will bestow $50 000 for a single poem. That’s right. Fifty grand. As well, the contest will also generate a new annual poetry anthology of the top 50 poems from around the world, edited by an international jury of editors. The lone judge of the winning poem will be the former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, Andrew Motion. We got in touch with the contest’s founders, Len Epp and Asa Boxer, to find out more.

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New Fifty-Thousand-Dollar Poetry Prize Has Global Ambitions

April 5, 2011

http://www.pw.org/content/new_fiftythousanddollar_poetry_prize_has_global_ambitions

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A blog from: Poets & Writers Magazine

Posted by Prize Reporter on 4.04.11
 
Just before National Poetry Month kicked off last week, word began to spread about a major new poetry prize out of Canada. The fifty-thousand-dollar Montreal International Poetry Prize, funded by an anonymous donor, isn’t honoring a poet’s lifetime achievement or a major new book, but a single poem.

The prize purse is highly unusual for a single-poem competition—similar contests tend to offer a few thousand dollars, at most. (The winning poem and forty-nine finalists will also be published in a “global anthology” by Véhicule Press in the fall, and an e-book featuring one hundred additional poems is planned, as well.) We asked prize director Len Epp how he might respond to writers skeptical of the magnitude of this new contest, which Epp hopes will be able to offer the same amount annually.

“I would tell them that single works of art are often given a much greater value than fifty thousand dollars,” Epp wrote in an e-mail, “and that we’re trying to tell the world that a poet who can produce an excellent poem deserves an excellent reward as much as any other artist. To doubt this is to undervalue poetry in a very unfortunate way.”

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[@HuffPo] National Poetry Month Highlighted In Two High-Profile Contests

April 4, 2011

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-lundberg/national-poetry-month_b_843616.html

John Lundberg

National Poetry Month is here, and two newly announced poetry prizes are getting a lot of attention. You might even qualify to win one of them.

The first annual Montreal International Poetry Prize will award $50,000 for one winning poem. That’s right, $50,000 for one poem. You don’t need a book or some fancy poetry career to qualify. You don’t even need to have been published. You only need to have written a great poem…

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En bref – 50 000 $ pour un poème

April 4, 2011

http://www.ledevoir.com/culture/livres/320187/en-bref-50-000-pour-un-poeme

Le Devoir 2 avril 2011 Livres

Poètes, à vos papiers et à votre anglais: le Montreal International Poetry Prize, d’une valeur de 50 000 $, sera accordé pour la première fois, en décembre prochain, pour un poème de quarante lignes ou moins. Ce nouveau prix, qui n’a pas d’équivalent dans l’univers de la poésie, se rapproche du prix Giller de littérature pour ce qui est de son importance pécuniaire.

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Are you a poet and you know it?

April 1, 2011

http://shedoesthecity.com/montreal_international_poetry_prize

Calling all Alfred Tennyson’s and Christina Rossetti’s: the Montreal International Poetry Prize competition is in full-swing, and enormous prestige and dolla’ bills hang in the balance for all participants. Open to international contestants, this unique, global, Montreal-based non-profit organization will bestow $50,000 upon one lucky and very talented poet (yes, that’s three zeroes: a catalyst donation by someone equal parts generous and anonymous). What’s more, 150 poems will be published in a ‘longlist’ anthology, while the top 50 entries will make it into the Montreal Prize’s global anthology. Triaged by a carefully selected editorial board, the final 50 entries will be given to UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who will then decide upon the ultimate winner. Read more…

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Your key to winning $50,000? Pure poetry

April 1, 2011

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Your+winning+poetry/4531603/story.html

By Jeff Heinrich, THE GAZETTE March 31, 2011

… “Our message is that we want the whole world involved,” Epp said. “Hopefully this competition will bring huge attention to poetry across the globe.” …