Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Montreal International Poetry Prize open until June 1st


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$20,000. One poem.
40 lines or fewer.

Submit your poem to the next cycle of the Montreal International Poetry Prize!

Each entry must be an original, unpublished poem of 40 lines or fewer. The language of the competition is English.


Early entry: 1 May 2020

Later entry: 1 June 2020*

Multiple submissions are allowed.

*The usual deadline of 15 May has been extended to 1 June in response to COVID-19. .


Early entry: 20 CAD

Later entry: 25 CAD

Additional entry: 17 CAD

The 2020 Competition Judge


Yusef Komunyakaa


Yusef Komunyakaa’s books of poetry include Taboo, Dien Cai Dau, Thieves of Paradise, Neon Vernacular, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, Pleasure Dome, Talking Dirty to the Gods, Warhorses, The Chameleon Couch, Testimony, The Emperor of Water Clocks, and Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth (forthcoming 2020). His honours include the William Faulkner Prize (Université Rennes, France), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the Wallace Stevens Award. His plays, performance art, and libretti include The Deacons, Wakonda’s Dream, Saturnalia, Testimony, Gilgamesh: A Verse Play, and Somewhere Near Here (Bright Darkness). He is Distinguished Senior Poet and Global Professor at New York University.



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