FAQ

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions concerning the Montreal Prize. Please don’t email us until you’ve checked to see if we’ve already answered your questions below. We know it’s a long list, but people have a lot of questions!

Entries

What are the entry fees?

Go here to see what the entry fees are.

How old do I have to be to enter?

You must have reached the age of majority in your place of residence to enter. You can go here for an unofficial list of the age of majority in different countries. Please note that within some countries (as in Canada), the age of majority is different in some regions.

I have submitted more than one poem. Can I have more than one poem selected for publication in the anthology?

Yes. The editors do not see any personal information regarding authors and so more than one of your poems can be selected. This situation is not uncommon at the Montreal Prize.

Can my poem be in any form?

Yes. We are open to all forms of poetry.

Can I use any font(s) or colours?

You can only use the fonts available in our entry form. Sorry!

Can I revise my poem after it has been entered into the competition?

No. If you want to enter a new draft, you may only do so as a separate entry.

If the editors and judge don’t know who wrote each entry, how do you keep track of my poem?

Our electronic entries manager assigns a number to each poem and tracks it in a database to which the editors and judge do not have access.

Can I submit a poem that has already been published?

No. Poems that have already been published will be disqualified.

What counts as a “published” poem?

Please see our Terms & Conditions for an explanation of what counts as a published poem.
Poems are considered to have been published if:
- They have been broadcast in any format
- They have appeared online or in print
- This includes works that have been self-published
- Entries that are published between the time of submission to the Montreal Prize and the announcement of the Prize will be ineligible (i.e. no simultaneous submissions)

Can I enter my poem under a pseudonym?

Yes. There is a line for this on the entry form.

Can I enter a simultaneous submission?

No. Please refrain from this practice.

What if my poem has been published since I entered the competition?

Nice! Your entry, however, is now ineligible for the Montreal Prize. We do not accept simultaneous submissions. If you have submitted your poem elsewhere and it has been published before the Prize is announced, please email us at aboxer@montrealprize.com to withdraw it from the Montreal Prize.

Are translations of poems in other languages eligible?

In most cases, no. Poetry in translation is an art of its own and would require a different structure to ensure fair handling. The one case in which it is permissible is when the poet herself has written a translation of her own poem.

What if I mistakenly included my name in the text of my entry?

Don’t worry, we’ll remove it from the entry and assign the poem to another editor/juror.

Can I revise my poem and enter it again?

Yes. This means it will be entered and registered as a separate entry from your first poem. Please remember that subsequent entries are subject to a discounted rate.

How do I know you’ve received my poem(s)?

Check your account by logging in here. There is a box listing your submitted poems with the poem title and the entry number. You will also receive a confirmation email when you enter poems. And you will be sent a separate email when we receive confirmation of your payment from PayPal.

Will spelling mistakes disqualify my poem?

No. Although undesirable, it is surprising how forgiving our readers are! Many poems with typographical errors have been selected for the Global Poetry Anthology.

Can I enter a poem written by someone else?

No, you cannot enter a poem written by someone else.

About the Anthology...

What is the anthology?

The top 50 poems selected by the editors will be published in the biennial Global Poetry Anthology. Making the final decision to include a small number of poems in the anthology will involve many tough choices for the editors.

When will the anthology be published?

The anthology will be published between October and December of the competition year. We aim to have it published before the prize is announced.

Why is there no longer a longlist?

We cancelled the longlist following complaints that although poems were now published, they were as a result banned from entry in other competitions and were ineligible for publication in many magazines.

How do I order the anthology?

When the anthology is made available you will be able to order them from links on the Montreal Prize home page.

Will the poems included in the anthology be published online (i.e. on the Montreal Prize website)?

Yes. All poems selected for the anthology (our shortlist) will be published online and in print.


Entering your Poem Online

How do I enter my poem?

Go here for instructions on how to enter your poem(s). You need an email address to create an account and you will need to pay using PayPal. You can use PayPal with a credit card or a debit card. We’ve tried to keep the process as simple as possible!

Can I enter a poem through the mail?

No. You can only enter online using our entry system. It’s easy!

Can I email my poem?

No. You can only enter online using our entry system. It’s easy!

How do I pay for my entries?

Payment is made through PayPal. PayPal is a secure and easy way to make online payments. It has been around since 1999 and has since built a solid reputation for being both user-friendly and secure. You can use PayPal with a credit card or a debit card.

Do I enter my poem as an attachment (for example in Word or PDF)?

No. Your poem will be typed (or pasted) directly into a text field during the entry process. All anyone needs is a compatible web browser to enter the Montreal Prize.

Can I pay with a cheque, cash, or money order?

No, sorry. Entries must be paid for online using PayPal, which requires a credit or debit card.

Do I need a credit card to pay?

No. PayPal allows for other methods of payment.

Can someone else pay for my entry?

Yes. That is between you and whoever is paying for you. In any case, you must pay using our online system powered by PayPal.

I’ve already entered a poem. Are my subsequent entries still entered at the discounted rate?

Yes. The account you created when you first entered the Montreal Prize keeps track of all your entries.

Why do you charge an entry fee?

The entry fee goes towards paying the editors and covering other costs associated with the Montreal Prize. The entry fee makes the Montreal Prize happen – by paying the fee you’re helping to make the competition a reality.


Judging and Editing

What is the difference between the ‘prize judge’ and the ‘editors’?

The editorial team’s job is to go through the entries and select poems for the anthology. The prize judge selects the prize winner from the top 50 entries.

Will all ten editors read my entries?

No. To preserve editorial independence, each entry will be read by only one editor, and each editor will read only those entries that are randomly allocated to her. This way we hope to emphasize each individual editor’s unique contribution to the selection process and allow for a plurality of voices.

Can I select a specific editor to read my poem(s)?

No. Entries will be allocated to the editors randomly. One mission of the Montreal Prize is to have people from different parts of the world and from different traditions reading each other’s work.

What happens if there are too many entries for the editors to handle?

In this case we will engage any number of respected poets to ‘filter’ the entries down to the maximum number of entries that the editors can tackle in the time available to them.


Timeline

When is the deadline for entering the Montreal Prize?

The deadline for early entries (which are subject to a lower entry fee) is 11:59pm ET (Montreal Time) on March 31 of the prize year in question. The final deadline is 11:59pm ET on May 15 of the prize year in question.

When will the anthology be published?

The anthology will be published between October and December of the given prize year. We aim to have it published before announcing the winner.

When is the prize winner announced?

By December of the prize year.

When will I find out if my work has been selected for the anthologies or for the prize?

If your work has been selected for the Global Poetry Anthology, you will be informed before it is published.

If your poem is selected as the prize winner, you will be informed just hours prior to the rest of the world by December 2017.

 


About the Montreal Prize

Is the Montreal Prize a non-profit organization?

Yes. It is incorporated as a not-for-profit federally in Canada.

Is the Montreal Prize a charity?

No, it’s a not-for-profit organization.

Why is there an entry fee?

The entry fee goes towards paying the editors and covering other costs associated with the Montreal Prize. The entry fee makes the Montreal Prize happen – by paying the fee you’re helping to make the competition a reality.

Why are there different fees for entries from different countries?

The Montreal Prize is meant to be a truly global effort and so we’ve tried to take account of the fact that some countries are richer than others. To be as objective as we can in the allocation of different fees, we’ve used the UN Human Development Index to distinguish between developed and developing nations.