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23 September 2013 | Anglican Priest, Erstwhile Shepherd, Actress and Radio Voice Wins $20,000 Poetry Prize
22 January 2013 | Montreal Prize Offers $20,000 for One Short Poem
15 December 2011 | Australian Poet Wins $50,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize
23 June 2011 | $50,000 Poetry Competition Seeks World’s Best Poem
12 April 2011 | UK Talent Behind World’s Biggest Poetry Competition – $50,000 Prize for One Short Poem
29 March 2011 | Nonprofit Global Poetry Prize Offers $50,000 for Single Poem
24 March 2011 | World’s Largest Poetry Competition Offers $50,000 Prize for One Short Poem


23 September 2013 | Anglican Priest, Erstwhile Shepherd, Actress and Radio VoiceWins $20,000 Poetry Prize

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RELEASE DATE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2013

MONTREAL, September 23, 2013 – The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize announces its 2013 prize-winner Mia Anderson, an accomplished poet originally from Toronto but now living in Portneuf, Quebec, Canada. Anderson was selected from among close to 2000 entries from 70 countries to win the $20,000 prize. Asked for a statement, Anderson remarked: “it’s uncanny, the pleasure it gives that the judge seems to have “got” what I was trying to toss aloft. I’m immensely grateful.”

Mia Anderson is a writer, an Anglican priest, an erstwhile shepherd, long-time actress and a once-familiar voice in CBC radio dramas. In fact, hers is the voice of Atwood’s The Journals of Suzanna Moodie. Born and raised in Toronto, where she graduated in English Language and Literature from the University of Toronto, Mia Anderson spent the next 25 years on the stage in London, England, in Edinburgh, Manchester, and across Canada (including 5 seasons at the Stratford Festival) and a national tour of her one-woman show 10 Women, 2 Men and a Moose. Mia has published four books of poetry.

The Montreal Prize brought together 10 accomplished poets from around the globe to act as editors of the 2013 Global Poetry Anthology collection. These editors then sorted through submissions without seeing author names and selected poems for the collection (which also served as a shortlist for the prize). Prize Judge Don Paterson then read a copy of the manuscript of the anthology (also without seeing author names) and selected the $20,000 poem.

Here’s part of what Don Paterson, Scottish poet and editor of Picador (Macmillan’s poetry imprint), had to say about the winning poem: ““The Antenna” is that rare thing—a conceit which has the good taste not to outstay its welcome, but which also makes us think again about its subject in an entirely new way. This poem about our spiritual ‘receivership’ is clever, musical, funny, and full of memorable lines.”

Mia Anderson will be on CBC’s Cinq à Six on September 28th.

The 2013 Global Poetry Anthology containing the top 52 poems entered in the Montreal Prize poetry competition will be published by Véhicule Press, Signal Editions in November 2013.

The next Montreal International Poetry Prize competition will be held in 2015.

Visit www.montrealprize.com, discover the shortlisted poets and hear them read their poems.

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Media Contact: Asa Boxer | aboxer@montrealprize.com

 

22 January 2013 | Montreal Prize Offers $20,000 for One Short Poem

The Nonprofit Montreal International Poetry Prize Launches 2013 Competition

MONTREAL, January 22, 2013 – Get your poems ready! The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize is offering $20,000 for one original, unpublished poem of no longer than 40 lines written in any English dialect. Early entry deadline is March 31. Online entries only. Entry fees vary. Please see montrealprize.com for details.

Here’s how the competition works: Approximately 50 poems will be published in the Montreal Prize’s 2013 Global Poetry Anthology. As editors of the anthology, 10 poets from across the globe sort through submissions blindly (without seeing author names) and select poems for the collection (which serves as a shortlist). The prize judge then reads a blind copy of the manuscript of the anthology and selects the $20,000 poem. The 2013 Prize Judge is Don Paterson.

The 10 editors of the 2013 Global Poetry Anthology are Mary Dalton (Canada), Keki Daruwalla (India), Kwame Dawes (Ghana/Jamaica), Kendel Hippolyte (St. Lucia), Medbh McGuckian (Ireland), Sean O’Brien (United Kingdom), Niyi Osundare (Nigeria), Robyn Sarah (Canada), Nicolette Stasko (USA/Australia), and Chase Twichell (USA).

The Montreal Prize launched its first poetry competition in March 2011 and awarded $50,000 to Australian poet Mark Tredinnick. The 2011 Global Poetry Anthology is a solid collection that garnered positive reviews. It includes unknown voices alongside celebrated poets from around the world. Internationally acclaimed American artist Eric Fischl responded to one poem in the anthology with a watercolour painting.

Visit the Montreal Prize website to see images, hear 2011 Global Poetry Anthology poets read their poems and more: montrealprize.com.

 

15 December 2011 | Australian Poet Wins $50,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize | PDF

 

(December 15, 2011 – Montreal) Mark Tredinnick, an Australian poet, has been awarded the $50,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize for his poem, “Walking Underwater.”

The winning poem was selected by former UK poet laureate Andrew Motion from a shortlist of nearly 50 poems. “This is a bold, big-thinking poem, in which ancient themes (especially the theme of our human relationship with landscape) are re-cast and re-kindled. It well deserves its eminence as a prize winner,” said Motion. The poem has been published on the Montreal Prize website at www.montrealprize.com.

The nonprofit Montreal International Poetry Prize represents a new approach to major literary awards. It is the first major literary prize to be awarded “blind,” meaning the author’s identity is not revealed to the judge until after the winner has been selected. It is also based on a crowd-funding model, as it aims to be sustained directly by the community of poets who participate in the process by entering their work in the competition.

“Both our ‘blind’ judging process and our community-funding model represent a significant revolution in the field of major literary awards,” says Montreal Prize co-founder, Len Epp, who holds a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Oxford. “Our project represents a challenge to the traditional hierarchies and conservative instincts that characterize much of the modern literary world.”

The advisory board of the Montreal Prize reflects its global approach, and includes Jamaican-born poet Valerie Bloom, Scottish poet Don Paterson, Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri, Indian poet Jeet Thayil, and Australian poet John Kinsella, editor of The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry.

A second poem was selected from the shortlist by Eric Fischl, the renowned U.S. painter and sculptor, as the basis for a “broadside,” or illustrated poem. Fischl’s selection, “The Grasshoppers’ Silence” by Canadian poet Linda Rogers, is inspired by the true story of Rumana Monzur, who was tragically blinded in an attack by her husband in Bangladesh in June. “I’ve chosen this poem because the image of the one-legged grasshopper won’t let me sleep,” said Fischl of his selection.

The 50 shortlisted poems, previously unpublished and chosen from 3,200 entries, will be published in a global poetry anthology. The poems were selected by a group of ten accomplished poets from Australia, Canada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Malawi, Nigeria, the U.K., and the U.S. According to Asa Boxer, a Montreal-based poet and another prize co-founder, “Our anthology may represent the first opportunity many readers have had to see a truly global collection of previously unpublished poetry.”

All the poems that made the 2011 Montreal Prize longlist have been published in a separate e-anthology, available for free download at www.montrealprize.com. The 2011 Global Poetry Anthology will be published early in the new year. Both anthologies are being published under the Signal Editions imprint of Montreal’s Véhicule Press.

Press Contact:
Len Epp
Tel: +1 514-750-8678
Email: lenepp@montrealprize.com
Web: www.montrealprize.com


23 June 2011 | $50,000 Poetry Competition Seeks World’s Best Poem | PDF

 

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwire – June 23, 2011) – A group of leading poets from around the world, including a former UK poet laureate, have joined forces in an historic effort to deliver a major new global poetry prize. Launched in March, and closing in early July, the nonprofit Montreal International Poetry Prize will offer $50,000 to the writer of a single original poem, limited to a maximum of 40 lines, written in any English dialect.

Uniquely for a major literary award, the names of all authors will be hidden from the editors, creating a level playing field for anyone who enters the competition.

Besides the $50,000 prize, what sets the Montreal Prize apart from other poetry competitions is its international team of editors. All ten are accomplished poets from Australia, Canada, England, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Ireland and the US. They will select 50 poems for the competition’s shortlist, which will be published as a global poetry anthology (to be published in fall 2011), representing the very latest, newest work in poetry from around the world.

Andrew Motion, the 2011 prize judge and former UK poet laureate, will select the winner of the prize. The prize winner will only be announced after the global anthology is published.

The Montreal Prize will also engage an artist to create a broadsheet of the winning poem. “Poems don’t need to be stuck on the page, bound in books and magazines. They can be returned to and enjoyed individually like paintings or art installations,” explains Asa Boxer, poet and co-founder of the competition.

Funded in its first year by an anonymous ‘catalyst’ donor, the Montreal Prize is the brainchild of Boxer and Len Epp, formerly a London-based investment banker. “By founding a nonprofit literary award on a community-funding rather than a patronage model, we’ve worked hard to make the Montreal Prize an example of cutting-edge social entrepreneurship,” says Epp, who also holds a doctorate in English from the University of Oxford.

For more information on the Montreal International Poetry Prize, visit http://www.montrealprize.com.

The final deadline for entering the competition is July 8.

Media Contact:
Len Epp
Tel: +1 514-750-8678
Email: lenepp@montrealprize.com
Web: www.montrealprize.com


12 April 2011 | UK Talent Behind World’s Biggest Poetry Competition – $50,000 Prize for One Short Poem | PDF

 

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MONTREAL, 12 April 2011 – A group of leading poets from around the world—but predominantly based in the UK—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. Writers based in the UK who are supporting this global project include Valerie Bloom, Ben Okri, Don Paterson, Sinéad Morrissey, and Eric Ormsby.

A Canadian not-for-profit, boasting participation by prominent poets from Australia, Canada, England, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Ireland and the US – and with the UK’s Andrew Motion as their 2011 prize judge? How does such a unique creature come about?

The brief answer is that the near-ubiquity of the internet has made worldwide collaboration on global cultural projects possible. And it has also pointed up the remarkable absence from the publishing world of an authoritative, annual anthology of contemporary poetry from around the world, which this unique project aims to provide.

Designed to bring more attention to poetry and to encourage people from all over the world to enter their work, the not-for-profit Montreal Prize represents a major contribution to the global cultural scene.

“But even without a major sponsor,” adds Len Epp, another co-founder, “our innovative community funding model will allow us to deliver the world’s biggest poetry competition, thanks to those who support the Montreal Prize by directly participating in it.”

The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22.

For more information on the Montreal International Poetry Prize, contact Len Epp or visit http://www.montrealprize.com. You can also read more about the Montreal Prize here at the Australian, here at the Huffington Post, or here at Poets & Writers.

About the Montreal International Poetry Prize
The Montreal International Poetry Prize is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting poetry and poets around the world. It manages the world’s biggest poetry competition, offering a $50,000 prize for a single poem.

Media Contact:
Len Epp
Director, Montreal International Poetry Prize
Tel: +1 514-750-8678
Email: lenepp@montrealprize.com
Web: www.montrealprize.com


29 March 2011 | Nonprofit Global Poetry Prize Offers $50,000 for Single Poem | PDF

 

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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.

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. These poets will select 50 poems for the competition’s shortlist, which will be published in a unique global poetry anthology, representing the very latest work from around the world. From these finalists, Andrew Motion, the 2011 prize judge and former UK poet laureate, will select the winner of the $50,000 prize.

“Students may find it especially valuable to consider the idea of ‘global poetry’,” says Asa Boxer, a Montreal poet and Montreal Prize co-founder. “Poets and poetry scenes tend to be nationally-minded. We created this project, in part, to broaden the horizons of our reading.”

Funding for the project has been organized in an innovative manner, and along the lines of cutting-edge social entrepreneurship, according to Len Epp, another Montreal Prize co-founder. “While the prize amount has been guaranteed by a generous ‘catalyst’ donor,” says Mr. Epp, “our not-for-profit model is based on the principles of community funding.”

“Crucially, all poems will be judged anonymously – that is, the judges will have no idea whose work they’re reading, or where the author is from,” adds Mr. Epp. “In this way we hope to discover new voices and level the playing field for everyone who enters the competition.”

The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22.

For more information on the Montreal International Poetry Prize, contact Len Epp or visit http://www.montrealprize.com. You can also read more about us here.

About the Montreal International Poetry Prize
The Montreal International Poetry Prize is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting poetry and poets around the world. It manages the world’s biggest poetry competition, offering a $50,000 prize for a single poem.

Media Contact:
Len Epp
Director, Montreal International Poetry Prize
Tel: +1 514-750-8678
Email: lenepp@montrealprize.com
Web: www.montrealprize.com


24 March 2011 | World’s Largest Poetry Competition Offers $50,000 Prize for One Short Poem | PDF

 

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MONTREAL, 24 March 2011 – 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. These poets will select 50 poems for the competition’s shortlist, which will be published in a unique global poetry anthology, representing the very latest work from around the world. From these finalists, Sir Andrew Motion, the 2011 prize judge and former UK poet laureate, will select the winner of the $50,000 prize.

“The launch of such a large prize for poetry obviously marks an important moment for anyone interested in literature,” says Michael Harris, a Montreal poet recently nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and a member of the Montreal Prize Editorial Board.

The $50,000 prize purse is a gift to the Montreal Prize from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. “We were lucky to find someone generous and forward thinking enough to kick-start this project with a catalyst donation. And we are currently seeking a sponsor or patron for future years,” explains Peter Abramowicz, one of the Montreal Prize’s three founders.

“But even without a major sponsor,” adds Len Epp, another co-founder, “our innovative community funding model will allow us to deliver the world’s biggest poetry competition, thanks to those who support the Montreal Prize by directly participating in it.”

The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22.

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

About the Montreal International Poetry Prize
The Montreal International Poetry Prize is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting poetry and poets around the world. It manages the world’s biggest poetry competition, offering a $50,000 prize for a single poem.

Media Contact:
Len Epp
Director, Montreal International Poetry Prize
Tel: +1 514-750-8678
Email: lenepp@montrealprize.com
Web: www.montrealprize.com