>>From the League of Canadian Poets
SUBMIT YOUR TITLES TO RAYMOND SOUSTER, PAT LOWTHER AND GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARDS
The deadline for submission to each of the awards is November 1, 2015. For books published after the deadline but within same calendar year a notification must be e-mailed to [email protected] by November 1st to request an extension to December 15, 2015. For more information on these awards, and to download a submission form, please visit Contests & Awards. The awards will be presented in June at next year’s Canadian Writer’s Summit at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, with the shortlist announced in April.
For more information, visit the press release on the League of Canadian Poets website.
>>From the Writer’s Trust of Canada
Writers’ Trust Announces First Fiction-Prize Shortlists of the Season
Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize features debut novel; strong indie-press presence; consecutive nominations for Alexis
Toronto – September 29, 2015 –The Writers’ Trust of Canada revealed this morning the finalists for two major prizes for excellence in Canadian fiction: the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Writers’ Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize. The announcement was made at Ben McNally Books in Toronto.
The five finalists for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, recognizing writers of the year’s best novel or short story collection, were announced by Jan Innes, vice president, government relations, Rogers Communications, along with writer and prize juror Shani Mootoo. The three finalists for the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, recognizing new and developing writers for the best short story first published in a Canadian literary journal during the previous year, were announced by writer and prize juror Anthony De Sa.
Both prizes will be presented on November 3 at the Writers’ Trust Awards event in Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio.
Finalists for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize:
André Alexis (Toronto)
Published by Coach House Books
Elizabeth Hay (Ottawa)
His Whole Life
Published by McClelland & Stewart
Pamela Mordecai (Kitchener, ON)
Published by TAP Books
Russell Smith (Toronto)
Published by Biblioasis
John Vaillant (Vancouver)
The Jaguar’s Children
Published by Knopf Canada
Each of the five finalists will receive $2,500. The prizewinner will receive a total of $25,000. The finalists were chosen by a jury composed of writers Aislinn Hunter, Shani Mootoo, and Richard Wagamese. They read 127 books from 50 publishers. The prize is sponsored by Rogers Communications Inc.
Finalists for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize will appear at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto on October 28 and in Hamilton, Ontario, on October 29. Event information is available at ifoa.org.
Finalists for the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize:
Emily Bossé (Fredericton)
“Last Animal Standing on Gentleman’s Farm”
Deirdre Dore (Nakusp, BC)
“The Wise Baby”
Anna Ling Kaye (Vancouver)
“Red Egg and Ginger”
Each of the three finalists will receive $1,000, the prizewinner will receive a total of $10,000, and the journal that originally published the winning entry will receive $2,000. The finalists were chosen by Anthony De Sa, Tanis Rideout, and Carrie Snyder. The prize is made possible by James A. Michener’s donation of his Canadian royalty earnings from his 1988 novel Journey. In association with the prize, McClelland & Stewart will publish the 2015 edition of the annual fiction anthology The Journey Prize Stories, a collection of the 12 stories that formed the longlist for this year’s prize.
About the Writers’ Trust Awards event
An annual event awarding $139,000 to Canadian writers, the Writers’ Trust Awards evening is one of the richest prize-giving nights in Canada. Author and journalist Elizabeth Renzetti (The Globe and Mail) will emcee this year’s festivities in Toronto on November 3, 2015. Four additional prizes for a body of work will be presented at the ceremony:
The Writers’ Trust Awards are made possible through generous support from corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors. As a media partner, The Globe and Mail provides additional support. The project is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage Canada Book Fund.
For more information, visit the press release on the Writer’s Trust of Canada website.
Hon. Hilary M. Weston and the Writers’ Trust Announce Finalists for $60,000 Literary Award
Literary community invited to puzzle out shortlist
Toronto – September 16, 2015 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced today the five finalists for this year’s Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the richest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada. In a new twist, publishers and authors were invited to learn of their inclusion on the list by piecing together a jigsaw puzzle.
This year’s finalists are:
Eliott Behar for Tell It to the World: International Justice and the Secret Campaign to Hide Mass Murder in Kosovo (Dundurn Press)
Douglas Coupland for Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent (Random House Canada)
Dean Jobb for Empire of Deception: From Chicago to Nova Scotia – The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated a Nation (Harper Avenue)
Lynette Loeppky for Cease: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Desire (Oolichan Books)
Rosemary Sullivan for Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (HarperCollins Canada)
Each finalist will receive $5,000. The prize winner will receive a total of $60,000.
Finalists were selected by a three-member jury composed of author and journalist Stevie Cameron, novelist and nonfiction writer Will Ferguson, and writer and broadcaster JJ Lee, who was a finalist for this prize in 2012. In total, 97 titles were submitted by 51 publishers for the 2015 prize.
“The work of a nonfiction writer is essential to our understanding of our world, our community, and ourselves,” said the Hon. Hilary M. Weston. “This prize is a celebration of that work, and an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the crucial endeavours – and compelling tales – of Canada’s true-storytellers-in-chief.”
The nominated works are available today for download on iBooks for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac at www.itunes.com/WestonPrize.
Support for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize is provided by media partner CBC Books. Additional support is provided by Indigo Chapters.
A jigsaw puzzle revealing the nominated works can be viewed atwriterstrust.com/puzzle.
Further event information and downloadable images are available on our prize page.
About The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, CM, OOnt
The Hon. Hilary M. Weston served as the 26th lieutenant-governor of Ontario from 1997 to 2002. As the Queen’s representative in Ontario, Mrs. Weston was responsible for the Crown’s constitutional and representational roles in the province. Since leaving public office, Mrs. Weston has continued to pursue her diverse interests. She led Renaissance ROM, the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian cultural history, transforming the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. She is a trustee of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and serves on the board of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Mrs. Weston is also a corporate director of Wittington Investments and Selfridges Group Ltd. She has also served as deputy chair of the board of Holt Renfrew, promoting Canadian designers in the retailing business.
Mrs. Weston founded the Ireland Fund of Canada and remains a patron of this non-denominational organization promoting peace in Ireland. Her interests in homes and gardens resulted in the publication of In a Canadian Garden (1989) and At Home in Canada (1995). She served as first chancellor of the Order of Ontario, was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2003, and is the recipient of six honorary degrees.
About the Prize
The prize is awarded for literary excellence in the category of nonfiction, which includes, among other forms, personal or journalistic essays, history, biography, memoirs, commentary, and criticism, both social and political. Finalist works will, in the opinion of the jury, demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. This award succeeds the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was established in 1997.
About the Writers’ Trust
The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs, including literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.
For more information, visit the press release on the Writer’s Trust of Canada website.
>>From the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Finalists Announced for the 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (September 10, 2015) – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the finalists for its eight major children’s book awards:
- TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($30,000)
- Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($30,000)
- Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
- Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)
- Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
- John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)
- Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy ($5,000)
- Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000)
The winners will be announced at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards and Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse – two invitation-only gala events in Toronto on November 18 and Montreal on November 10. Overall, $135,000 in prize monies will be awarded.
TD is once again partnering with CBC Books to present the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Fan Choice Award. Young people across Canada are encouraged to vote for their favourite book online at CBCBooks.ca from October 1 to 30, 2015. This year, in partnership with Radio-Canada, the Fan Choice Award will also be presented to a French-language title — young readers can vote for their favourite book from September 28 to October 24, 2015 at ici.radio-canada.ca/coinlecture. Two lucky voters will be selected to attend the Montreal and Toronto galas to meet their favourite author/illustrator and present the award.
The nominated books exemplify some of the very best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is proud to share these titles and the juries’ notes with you.
For more information, visit the press release on the Canadian Children Book’s Centre website.
Writers’ Trust Announces One-Time Program to Endorse Emerging Writers
“Five x Five” delivers high-profile commendations and $25,000 to writers on the rise
September 8, 2015 – Toronto – The Writers’ Trust of Canada is delighted to announce “Five x Five,” a one-time program made possible by the RBC Emerging Artists Project that will distribute a total of $25,000 to Canadian writers in the developing stages of their careers. Five celebrated writers from across Canada, all past Writers’ Trust award honourees, have each selected one emerging writer of fiction or poetry who they feel has displayed the potential to enter Canada’s literary canon. The nominating writers are: Ken Babstock, Joseph Boyden, Michael Crummey, Esi Edugyan, andMadeleine Thien. The five writers they have selected will each receive $5,000.
About the recipients
Linda Besner (Montreal), selected by Ken Babstock(Toronto)
Linda Besner is the author of The Id Kid, published in 2011 by Véhicule Press and named as one of theNational Post’s Best Poetry Books of the Year. Her poetry has appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve, andThe Malahat Review, among other journals, and been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry 2012.
Megan Gail Coles (St. John’s), selected by Michael Crummey (St. John’s)
Megan Gail Coles is a playwright and fiction writer whose debut story collection, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome (Killick Press), won the 2014 BMO Winterset Award and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company in St. John’s.
Ghalib Islam (Toronto), selected by Madeleine Thien(Montreal)
Ghalib Islam has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Toronto, where he was mentored by Margaret Atwood. His first novel, Fire in the Unnameable Country (Hamish Hamilton Canada), was met with critical acclaim in 2014 and hailed as “one of the buzziest novels of the season.”
Eliza Robertson (Norwich, UK), selected by Joseph Boyden (New Orleans/James Bay, ON)
Eliza Robertson’s stories have been shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. In 2013, her story “We Walked On Water” co-won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her first collection,Wallflowers, was published in 2014 with Hamish Hamilton Canada and Bloomsbury UK. She was born in Vancouver, grew up on Vancouver Island, and now lives in England.
Melanie Siebert (Victoria), selected by Esi Edugyan(Victoria)
Melanie Siebert is a poet whose first book, Deepwater Vee (McClelland & Stewart), was shortlisted for a 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award. She was selected by the Writers’ Trust to be a writer-in-residence at Berton House Writers’ Retreat in 2013. Siebert lives in Victoria where she is an instructor at the University of Victoria.
“Five x Five” was made possible by the RBC Emerging Artists Project and an initiative in early 2015 to award $25,000 in funding to one of six arts organizations in an online poll. The Writers’ Trust of Canada generated the most support with 35.1% of the votes cast.
“We couldn’t have secured this funding without the support of the literary community, which rallied around the cause,” said Mary Osborne, executive director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. “Thanks to that community support, five writers in the early stages of their careers will receive some cash in their pocket and a pat on the back: a valuable endorsement from a celebrated author that says, ‘You are one to watch. Please write more.’”
“What makes this one-time program special is that the writers who receive this additional support have obviously captured the interest of some of the Writers’ Trust’s most accomplished and recognized alumni,” said Valerie Chort, vice president, corporate citizenship, RBC. “The arts are the heart and soul of our communities and cultures, and that’s why we’re proud to support the Writers’ Trust through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.”
The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists to bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory.
Visit the “Five x Five” program page to download images of the recipients and nominators, read citations, and find out more information.
About the Five x Five program
Five celebrated writers from across Canada were each asked to select one emerging writer to receive this recognition and financial reward. To be eligible for nomination, writers must have published a maximum of one literary book (fiction or poetry) with a professional publishing house, or had their work appear in a literary magazine or anthology, and be in the developing stages of their career. No age restriction applied.
About the Writers’ Trust
The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs that includes literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.
More more information, view the press release at the Writer’s Trust of Canada website.