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The Griffin Prize Announces Its First Longlist Since Merging Into the World's Biggest Poetry Prize

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This morning the Griffin Poetry Prize announced its 10-book 2023 longlist, its first since the prize underwent major changes to open its eligibility to publishers worldwide, consolidating its two previous prizes (one that had been open to Canadian collections exclusively and the other open to all international publishers).

It was a move that turned the now single Griffin Prize into the biggest poetry award in the world in terms of prize money (as the prizes purses of the two previous awards were consolidated), with the winner taking home $130,000. 

Three Canadians have made the 10-title longlist in the first year of the prize's new incarnation: decorated multi-genre writer Susan Musgrave; Iman Mersal, whose collection The Threshold appears on the list translated into English by American poet Robyn Creswell; and Cretan Canadian poet, translator, and publisher Manolis Aligizakis, the latter of whom is nominated for his translation of Tasos Livaditis' collection, originally written in Greek. The United States snagged the most nominations, with five titles, as well as being included as a co-publisher in a sixth nominated collection by Vietnamese American literary superstar Ocean Vuong

Chosen by judges Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia), Gregory Scofield (Canada), and Natasha Trethewey (USA), the longlist was selected from 602 books of poetry, including 54 translations from 20 languages, submitted by 229 publishers from 20 different countries.

The 2023 Griffin Poetry Prize Longlist:

The shortlist of five books will be announced on Wednesday, April 19, and the final winner at the Griffin Poetry Prize Readings, which will be held at Koerner Hall on Wednesday, June 7. The remaining shortlisted finalists will each receive $10,000.

Tickets for the 2023 Griffin Poetry Prize Readings are now on sale and can be purchased at the box office of Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West or online. General adult tickets are $30.00 and senior or student tickets are $25.00. All tickets include a copy of the 2023 Griffin Poetry Prize anthology