Call for Submissions: Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Awards

Passing on a press release from the folks at Matrix…

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For Immediate Release
April 5th, 2010

The 2010 Litpop Awards Competition is now open!

Can’t decide whether to be a pop star or a famous writer? Be both! Enter the 2010 Matrix/Pop Montreal Litpop Awards!

The Pop Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have once again teamed up to bring you Canada’s most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for the most unique and original voices in literary voices in North America. So if you’re an emerging poet or short story writer, it’s time to prove it! If you have what it takes, you will get your work published in Matrix, and get free travel to Pop 2010 for a night in your honour.

Just send your work in for consideration by June 19th. Both poetry and prose winners will receive a round-trip ticket to Pop Montreal from Sept.29th through October 3rd, 2010, 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 Litpop event during the festival.

The deadline for all submissions is June 19th 2010. 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 5000 words. Each entry is 25$ and entries and entry fees should be mailed to Matrix Publications, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W., LB 658, Montreal QC, H3G 1M8. Cheques or money orders should be made out to “Matrix Publications.” Multiple entries are welcome. Entries can also be emailed to litpop2010@gmail.com.

The FICTION judge is Roland Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon.

Roland Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon is internationally recognized as an innovative and accomplished writer, producer, rapper, touring artist … and Edmonton’s Poet Laureate. Mr Weapon is set to unveil his 3rd studio album and most accomplished work yet – Roquentin – this fall (Upper Class Recordings).

The POETRY judge is David McGimpsey.

David McGimpsey was born and raised in Montreal. He has a PhD in English Literature and is the author of the award-winning study Imagining Baseball: America’s Pastime and Popular Culture. His travel writings frequently appear in the Globe and Mail and he writes the ‘Sandwich of the Month’ column for EnRoute magazine. He teaches at Concordia University.

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