NOOSA - The Montreal International Poetry Prize has just one winner – but the award is a big one, about K50,000 to the writer of that single poem.
The Montreal Prize is organised by the department of English at Canada’s McGill University and this year’s judge is Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa.
Co-director of the Prize, Professor Michael Nicholson, has asked PNG Attitude to advise Papua New Guinea’s poets that they are more than welcome to enter the contest.
But you need to hurry. The deadline for entries is Monday 1 June.
So which poem should you send? Choose the one you think is best.
But it must be no more than 40 lines. And it must not have been published previously (see below what this means).
If you wish to enter the Prize, send me an email here immediately and let me know.
PNG Attitude is in touch with the Prize organisers, so I will give you clear instructions about the best way to enter the contest.
If you want to learn more about the Montreal Prize, any one of these links will provide more information:
After the final entry deadline on 1 June, entries are randomly allocated to members of the selection jury. The jurors do not see the author’s name or any other information about the author.
Each juror selects a handful of poems to advance to the next stage. Together, the jurors’ selections constitute the shortlist of approximately 50 poems.
All poems on the shortlist will be published in the Global Poetry Anthology. The Prize judge, Yusuf Komunyaka, reads these poems and selects the winner.
The definition of 'published' is important because it refers to any poem that has already appeared on the Internet, or in print, or has been broadcast in any format. So it must be an original, unpublished work.
If it has been published it will be ineligible for the Montreal Prize.
So, if you wish to enter, review the unpublished poems you have collected down the years and choose the one you like best.
Keep in touch with PNG Attitude for further details.
And send me that email.