NOOSA - Fourteen Papua New Guinean writers have submitted entries to the Montreal (Canada) International Prize for Poetry, the first time that PNG has been represented in one of the world’s major poetry contests.
The poets - six women and eight men - are Caroline Evari, Michael Dom, Wardley Barry, Bessielah David, Simon Davidson, Jordan Dean, Jimmy Drekore, Raymond Sigimet, Stephanie Alois, Dominica Are, Joseph Tambure, Tattiana Abola, Eric Molong and Melanie Lavaki.
The prize is run every two years by the Department of English at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and offers the world’s richest prize for poetry, $20,000 (K50,000).
The contest has attracted more than 2,000 entries from poets in over 100 countries.
A jury of internationally famed poets and critics select a shortlist of 50 poems from which the judge, Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Yusef Komunyakaa, will choose one winner, to be announced in September.
The entire shortlist of 50 poems will be published in The Global Poetry Anthology.
Each entry is an original, unpublished poem of 40 lines or fewer. The language of the competition is English.
The entry fees for all PNG poets were paid by Prof Michael Nicholson of McGill University and me as an expression of our thanks and appreciation to Papua New Guinean poets and their poetry.
“What you've put together is truly inspired and generous,” Prof Nicholson wrote to me after the PNG entries were received.
“I'm thrilled to see that we'll have so many PNG poets participating in this year's competition. My entire team and I have found inspiration in you and the good work you do.”
When the contest concludes, all entries and profiles of the poets will be published on PNG Attitude.