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World¹s Largest Poetry Competition Offers $50,000 Prize for One Short Poem

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 competition¹s 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.

³The launch of such a large prize for poetry obviously marks an important
moment for anyone interested in literature,² says Michael Harris, a Montreal
poet recently nominated for Canada¹s Governor General¹s 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. ³We 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,² explains
Peter Abramowicz, one of the Montreal Prize¹s three founders.

³But even without a major sponsor,² adds Len Epp, another co-founder, ³our
innovative community funding model will allow us to deliver the world¹s
biggest poetry competition, thanks to those who support the Montreal Prize
by directly participating in it.²

The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22.

For more information on the Montreal International Poetry Prize, contact Len
Epp or visit

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 world¹s 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: [email protected]
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