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Griffin Poetry Prize Doubles and the 2010 Shortlists

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This morning, the founder of The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, Scott Griffin, announced that the annual Griffin Poetry Prize "will be doubled from $100,000 to $200,000 in recognition of the prize's tenth anniversary."

From our friends at The Griffin Trust:

The increased amount of $100,000 will be awarded as follows: $10,000 to each of the seven shortlisted - four international and three Canadian - for their participation in the shortlist readings. The winners, announced at the Griffin Poetry Prize Awards evening on Thursday, June 3, 2010, will be awarded $65,000 each, for a total of $75,000 that includes the $10,000 awarded at the Readings the previous evening. Scott Griffin said, "the size of the prize reflects the importance the Trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry place on poetry, and its influence on literature. The increased amount of the prize shared among the seven shortlisted poets underlines the importance of the poetry readings, and recognises all seven poets' books."

The Canadian and International shortlists were announced by trustee David Young who noted "judges Anne Carson (Canada), Kathleen Jamie (Scotland) and Carl Phillips (USA) each read almost 400 books of poetry, including 12 translations, received from 12 countries around the globe." At Open Book, we happily noted that the three shortlisted Canadian titles were published in Ontario by Canadian-owned publishers.

Canadian Shortlist

International Shortlist

  • Grain (Picador) by John Glenday
  • A Village Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Louise Glück
  • The Sun-fish (The Gallery Press) by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
  • Cold Spring in Winter (Arc Publications) by Susan Wicks, translated from the French, written by Valérie Rouzeau

The finalists will be invited to read in in Toronto at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto on Wednesday, June 2. Tickets are available at http://performance.rcmusic.ca/ or by calling 416-408-0208.

Every year, House of Anansi Press publishes an anthology of selected poems from the books shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Royalties from The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology are donated to UNESCO's World Poetry Day.

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