The Montreal International Poetry Prize has extended its deadline until June 1 to accommodate for the challenges of COVID-19. The $20,000 CAD biannual prize, which is being administered this year by McGill University’s Department of English for the first time, is awarded to a single English-language poem of 40 lines or less.
So far, the prize has received 1,500 submissions from 53 countries. A shortlist of 50 poems will be chosen by a 10-member jury, including Canadians Steven Heighton, Jordan Abel, Susan Elmslie, and Gillian Sze.
The shortlist will be announced this fall, and those poems will be published in the Global Poetry Anthology by Véhicule Press. The winning poem will be chosen by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.