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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Montreal International Poetry Prize

In anticipation of Poetry Month, we at the Montreal International Poetry Prize are writing to inform you that the 2013 competition is up and running and will award $20,000 for a single poem of no longer than 40 lines written in English in any style. Besides drawing attention to new poetry with the prize, our purpose is to gather entries from around the world and publish an annual Global Poetry Anthology of contemporary poetry.

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 excellent 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.

As the Montreal Prize is a grassroots non-profit running its second competition, we're appealing to libraries interested in promoting poetry to help spread the word. We're hoping that once you've had a look at our website at, you'll consider informing your members about this ambitious, fun and inspiring new project for poets everywhere.

Here's a short blurb for posting or emailing: 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 The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize is offering $20,000 for one original, unpublished poem of no longer than 40 lines written in English. Deadline is May 15, 2013. Online entries only. Entry fees vary. Please visit for details.

If a US Letter sized poster may be of help in spreading the word, we have one available for printing here: The poster also lists the international team of 10 editors who will be selecting submissions for the 2013 Global Poetry Anthology.

Kind regards,

The Montreal Prize Team