Dr Bruce Meyer, a significant Canadian poet and writer, will be the final judge for this year's Beverly Prize - the impressive shortlist of international poets and writers is to be announced tomorrow. Any original unpublished manuscript, in English, by anyone living anywhere in the world, writing in any genre or on any topic, prose, non-fiction or poetry (even drama) is eligible, making it arguably the world's most eclectic "broad church" literary scouting prize. Last year's debut winner was Sohini Basak (her book is being launched in Bloomsbury July 5th, 2018).
Bruce Meyer is author of more than 60 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, and portraiture. He was winner of the Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize for Poetry in 2015 and 2016 for best poem, and received the IP Medal for best book of poems published in North American for the sonnet collection, The Seasons.
His other works include the national bestsellers The Golden Thread (2000) and Portraits of Canadian Writers (2016). He was the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Barrie. He lives in Barrie, Ontario, and teaches at Georgian College and at Victoria College in the University of Toronto.