the litpop awards

Pop Montreal and Matrix Magazine are thrilled to announce: Lit POP is back! Lit POP is back! Matthew Zapruder and Heather O'Neill are the 2014 judges!:

The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have once again joined forces to bring you North America's most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for innovative, fresh, exciting writing destined for the top of the charts!If you have what it takes, you will get your work published in Matrix, and get free travel to POP Montreal for a night in your honour.

The winners, one from each category, will receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September 17 – 21, 2014, a VIP pass to the Pop Montreal Festival, free accommodation at a bed and breakfast, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival.

This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States. The deadline for all submissions is July 10, 2014 (Deadline Extended). Winners will be notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than 5 poems; fiction writers should send stories of no more than 3000 words. Each entry is 25$ and entries can be made through Matrix's Submittable app or mailed to Matrix Publications, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W., LB 658, Montreal QC, H3G 1M8. Please include your email address. Cheques or money orders should be made out to "Matrix Publications." For those who would prefer not to use the Submittable app, or pay with a cheque or money order, PayPal is also available. Multiple entries are welcome.

Entries can also be emailed to Litpop2014@gmail.com and will be considered valid once payment is verified. Full contest rules and regulations can be found at popmontreal.com and matrixmagazine.org/litpop.

This year’s judges are the acclaimed writers Matthew Zapruder (Poetry) and Heather O'Neill (Fiction).

Matthew Zapruder is the author of several collections of poetry, including the recent release Sun Bear, (Copper Canyon/Anansi), Come On All You Ghosts (2010), The Pajamaist (2006), and American Linden (2002). He collaborated with painter Chris Uphues on For You in Full Bloom (2009) and co-translated, with historian Radu Ioanid, Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu’s last collection, Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems (2008). His poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including, Paris Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Believer. His honors include the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2008 May Sarton Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Heather O’Neill’s first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, earned accolades around the world, including being named winner of Canada Reads 2007 and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and being a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize. Her much-anticipated second novel is called The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and will be out in May, 2014. She is a regular contributor to CBC Books, CBC Radio, National Public Radio, The New York Times Magazine, The Gazette (Montreal) and The Walrus. She was born in Montreal, where she currently lives.

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