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World¹s Largest Poetry Competition Offers $50,000

Postby demangelon » 10 Apr 2011, 00:19

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 http://www.montrealprize.com.

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: lenepp@montrealprize.com
Web: http://www.montrealprize.com
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Re: World¹s Largest Poetry Competition Offers $50,000

Postby FranW » 10 Apr 2011, 08:05

Adding: $20 fee to enter; best poem wins the cash prize and the other 149 winners get publication. They have a long FAQs page with questions like "What are the publishing rights if my work wins the prize or is included in either of the anthologies?" that I'd like to see the answer to, but none of the links seem to work. I'll try again later; my computer may be glitching.
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Re: World¹s Largest Poetry Competition Offers $50,000

Postby demangelon » 10 Apr 2011, 11:30

I wonder how many texts they receive, if 10% of world poets will participate?
For such a contest is a real need NASA center for processing and selection? After my calculation would take three years to read texts.

it seems a utopia. or an experiment...

Is there anyone from Canada to give more information?
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Re: World¹s Largest Poetry Competition Offers $50,000

Postby FranW » 10 Apr 2011, 13:14

I don't think there's any remote likelihood that 10% of the world's poets will participate. Indeed, I doubt that many professional poets will participate; usually with these kind of contest the vast majority of entrants are unpublished amateurs. This will likely make the initial round of judging easier, as readers/interns/editors can usually spot illiterate crap within about twenty seconds. If the entries to this contest are like any other slush pile, about 80% of the entries will be eliminated rapidly that way.

At a guess, they're hoping for around 5000 entries. That would cover the prize, the cost of paying the judges a respectable low four-figure fee, pizzas for the unpaid interns who will screen the slush**, and leave them with a nice four-figure profit. If they only get a few hundred entries, though, they will be severely out of pocket, and that would make this a very short-lived venture.

** I'm basing the intern idea on this, from the website:
In the case that the Montreal Prize decides that too many entries have been entered for the editors to assess, the entries will be screened by sub-editors selected by the Montreal Prize in order to reduce the number of entries to a number that the editors have agreed to assess.

As they never define how many are "too many", I think it's a given that unless they only get a few hundrd entries they'll be using cheap subeditors to screen out the crap.
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Re: World¹s Largest Poetry Competition Offers $50,000

Postby Baker » 11 Apr 2011, 09:20

FranW wrote:Adding: $20 fee to enter; best poem wins the cash prize and the other 149 winners get publication. They have a long FAQs page with questions like "What are the publishing rights if my work wins the prize or is included in either of the anthologies?" that I'd like to see the answer to, but none of the links seem to work. I'll try again later; my computer may be glitching.

Not surprised. If anyone were thinking of entering, I'd investigate this very thoroughly--including any costs, rights, etc. Competitions that seem too good to be true generally are.
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