Griffin Poetry Prize doubledWinners of lucrative literary prize now get $75,000
By Vit Wagner
Publishing Reporter–griffin-poetry-prize-doubled

The Griffin Poetry Prize, already one of the world’s most lucrative literary awards, will mark this year’s 10th anniversary by doubling its total payout to $200,000.

Toronto poetry-loving philanthropist Scott Griffin announced the permanent increase at Wednesday’s unveiling of this year’s nominees.

The added money means that the respective Canadian and international winners will each receive $75,000, while the two Canadian and three international runners-up will all get cheques for $10,000.

“We’re very keen to make an impact on the international market,” Griffin said. “We feel that doubling the prize will make a real statement. Most prizes are restricted to national markets. We feel that poetry crosses borders.”

The three Canadian finalists are The Certainty Dream by Montreal’s Kate Hall, Pigeon by Toronto’s Karen Solie and Coal and Roses by P.K. Page, the Victoria poet who died earlier this year at the age of 93.

The international short list includes Grain by Scotland’s John Glenday, A Village Life by Louise Gluck of the U.S., The Sun-fish by Ireland’s Eilean Ni Chuilleanain and Cold Spring in Winter by France’s Valerie Rouzeau, translated by Susan Wicks of the U.K.

Nearly 400 collections from 12 different countries were submitted for the consideration of jurors Anne Carson of Canada, Kathleen Jamie of Scotland and Carl Phillips of the U.S.

The winners will be announced on June 3. The nominees will read from their collections on June 2 at the Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall.

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