Earlier this week entries to the lucrative Montreal International Poetry Prize opened for 2017. The winner of the prize will receive a cash prize of CA $20,000 (approximately US $15,200). Montreal International Poetry Prize is open to original, unpublished poems up to 40 lines long. Entrants can be from anywhere in the world and do not need to be previously published poets.
In order to be eligible, the entered poem must never have previously been published (including on the internet) and must not be submitted for consideration for any other prize or publication. All entries must be primarily in English, though the inclusion of a few non-English words or phrases is acceptable.
A total of fifty poems will be selected for publication in the prize’s printed anthology. From these fifty the prize judge will select the winner of the CA$20,000 prize. The judge for the 2017 prize is Scottish born, Montreal raised poet Michael Harris.
All entries must be accompanied by an entry fee and different rates are applicable depending on whether the poet is from a developed or developing nations.
The discounted early entry deadline for the 2017 prize is 31 March and the final entry deadline is 15 May. For further details please visit the Montreal International Poetry Prize website.
To find more poetry prizes see our last Opportunities for Writers post.