Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Montreal Based Global Poetry Competition Offers $50,000 Prize

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, Andrew Motion, pic left, the 2011 prize judge and former UK poet laureate, will select the winner of the $50,000 prize.

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