Montreal International Poetry Prize


Published: 16Dec2019

The Montreal International Poetry Prize is a not-for-profit, grassroots initiative centred on the art of the poem. It is open to poets from around the world and embraces the diversity of contemporary anglophone poetry. The prize is $20,000.

The next global competition opens in January. Deadline: 1 May 2020. Extended deadline: 1 June 2020. Each entry must consist of 40 lines or fewer. Multiple entries are welcome. Entry fee: $20 CAD (before 1 May) / $25 later submission / $17 additional entry. All entries must be original and previously unpublished. Submit your work to the Montreal Prize.

The Montreal Prize supports the emergence of new poems and new poets, positioning itself close to the moment of creation, and encouraging the writing and the sharing of original works. It recognizes the craft, design, and aesthetics of the stand-alone poem. It emphasizes the space that poetry opens for insight, beauty, and wonder. It affirms the universality, accessibility, and inclusivity of poetry. We see poetry as a bridge from one person to another, crossing barriers, spanning perspectives, joining cultures, and inviting conversations.

An international jury of prominent poets will select 50 poems for inclusion in The Global Poetry Anthology 2020, to be published by Véhicule Press. Photos and bios of the jury may be found on the Montreal Prize web site. From these 50 finalists, the winning poem will be selected by this year’s distinguished judge, Yusef Komunyakaa.

The Montreal International Poetry Prize was founded in 2011 by Asa Boxer, an alumnus of the Department of English at McGill University, with the help of Peter Abramowicz and Len Epp. It was supported in its formative years by the late Leonard Cohen. Four competitions have taken place since 2011. In 2019, management of the Montreal Prize was transferred to the McGill English, in recognition of the university’s long-standing commitment to encouraging poetry.

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