Montreal Poetry Prize

We’re not involved, but applaud the effort….

The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22. The final deadline is
July 8, 2011.

The Montreal International Poetry Prize will award $50,000 for a single poem in any style and in any English dialect. We will also produce an annual global poetry anthology – something curiously missing from our cultural environment.

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 will select the winner of the prize. The international nature of our advisory board is a further expression of our global mission and includes Ben Okri, Don Paterson, and Jeet Thayil, to name a few.

As the Montreal Prize is a grassroots non-profit in its first year, we’re appealing to those interested in promoting poetry to help spread the word about our project. So we’re hoping that once you’ve had a look at our website at, you’ll consider informing your students, friends and colleagues about this ambitious, fun and hopefully inspiring new project for poets everywhere. You can also find out more about us at

The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22.


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