Montreal International Poetry Prize

Deadline: 15 May 2022
Open to: any poet from around the world
Benefits: the winner will be awarded $20,000 CAD


The Montreal International Poetry Prize was founded and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2010 by the poet and critic Asa Boxer, with the help of Peter Abramowicz and Len Epp. It sponsors a crowd-funded biennial competition, awarding one prize of $20,000 to one poet for a single poem.

The Montreal International Poetry Prize has become a truly global competition, supported by its international jury of award-winning poets from North America, the Caribbean, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nigeria, and Uganda, and with participants from more than 100 countries.


Age Restriction. All Entrants shall be of the age of majority in their legal jurisdiction of residency at the time of entry submission.

Topic. Entries may be on any topic.

International Entries. Entries may be submitted from anywhere in the world. Each entry must be submitted with the author’s legal name. A pen name may be added to a submission.

Length. Entries may be any length not exceeding forty (40) lines, excluding blank lines, numbered section titles, brief dedications, and epigraphs.

Language. All entries must be primarily in English. The inclusion of a few non-English words or phrases is acceptable.

Simultaneous Submission. Simultaneous submission (submission of a poem to both the Montreal Prize, and to another prize or publication during the entry and judging period of the Montreal Prize) is not permitted.

Publication Defined. Any work that has appeared on the Internet or in print, or has been broadcast in any format is considered published and is therefore ineligible for the Montreal Prize.

Previous Publication. Entries must be unpublished and original works of the Entrant. Each entry must be the work of a single author, not including a company or organization. Each entry must not infringe upon any right or copyright of any person or entity.

Translation. Translations are not eligible for the Montreal Prize, except a translation made by the Entrant of a poem written by the Entrant.

Prior Contract. Entries cannot be under contract, including for publication and/or broadcast in any medium. If an entry is placed under contract or made public after it is entered, it is rendered ineligible, and it is the responsibility of the Entrant to inform the Montreal Prize of such ineligibility.

Publication Following Entry. If an entry is published at any time before the selections for the Montreal Prize anthologies have been announced, it will be rendered ineligible. Entries that are selected for publication in the Montreal Prize anthologies are subject to specific publishing rights outlined elsewhere in these rules.

Entry. All entries must be entered exclusively using the entry system on the Montreal Prize website. No other form of entry, by conventional mail or otherwise, shall be considered, and any such entry will not be returned. Entries must not include the Entrant’s name in the text.

No Changes. All entries are final: no changes are allowed after submission.

Entry Restrictions. The Montreal Prize directors, officers, employees, representatives or agents, including the subeditors, editors and prize judges, as well as any of their immediate family members or persons with whom they are domiciled, are not eligible to enter the Montreal Prize.

Entry Fee. An entry fee is required for each entry. Fees are allocated based on early and final entry deadlines, and first or additional entry status. The applicable fees are as follows:

(i)          $20 CAD for a first entry during the early entry period;

(ii)          $25 CAD for a first entry during the later entry period;

(iii)         $17 CAD for every additional entry.


Prize and Publishing. The jury will choose approximately fifty poems for publication in the Montreal Prize anthology. Of these, the judge will select one poem as winner of the single prize of twenty thousand dollars in Canadian funds ($20,000 CAD).

Complimentary Copy. Entrants published in the anthology will receive one free copy of the Montreal Prize anthology.


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For further information, please visit the official website.