I came across a great find yesterday. If I remember correctly, there are a few poets within the walls of DJ that could find this interesting too.
Announced Thursday, The Montreal Poetry Prize is going to award $50,000 to a single poem. That's right, a single poem. It's the largest award of its kind, anywhere in the world.
The requirements? Anyone from any country can submit, but It must be written in English (any English dialect is acceptable and a few words or phases in another language is OK.) It can't be more than 40 lines and you must be the age of majority. The poem can't be submitted elsewhere, but you need not be a published poet to enter.
There is a fee for submissions (in Canadian Dollars), but discounts are given if you come from a developing nation, enter by April 22, 2011, and each additional submission is also discounted. Prices for submissions range from $10 - $25.
Poems are judged anonymously by an editing staff of poets hailing from various countries. The top 50 poems will be sent for final judging. The winner of the prize will be determined by a single judge, former Poet Laureate in the UK, Andrew Motion.
The 50 finalists will be published in an anthology (published by Vehicule Press). The next 100 poems will be published in another anthology, put out in ebook form.
The early deadline is April 22, 2011 and the final deadline is July 8, 2011. The winner will be announced in December.
Here is the website for more details.