Writers' Trust Announces First Fiction-Prize Shortlists of the Season

Writers' Trust Announces First Fiction-Prize Shortlists of the Season 
Anansi dominates Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize with 3 nominations 
TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Writers' Trust of Canada revealed this 
morning the finalists for two fiction prizes. The announcement was made at Ben 
McNally Books. 
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 Alison Pick; the three finalists for the Writers' 
Trust of Canada/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 juror and past 
prize winner Miranda Hill. 
Both prizes, along with four additional awards for a body of work, will be 
presented on November 20 at the Writers' Trust Awards event in Toronto's Glenn 
Gould Studio. Total prize money presented that night will amount to $114,000. 
Finalists for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize: 


    --  Krista Bridge, The Eliot Girls (Douglas & McIntyre)
    --  Lynn Coady, Hellgoing (House of Anansi Press)
    --  Cary Fagan, A Bird's Eye (House of Anansi Press)
    --  Colin McAdam, A Beautiful Truth (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
    --  Lisa Moore, Caught (House of Anansi Press)

Each of the five finalists will receive $2,500, with the eventual prizewinner 
receiving a total of $25,000. The finalists were chosen by a jury of Caroline 
Adderson, Alison Pick, and Miguel Syjuco. They read 115 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 Midland, Ontario, October 29 and in 
Toronto on October 30.

Finalists for the Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize:
    --  Doretta Lau, "How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?"
        (Event)
    --  Eliza Robertson, "My Sister Sang" (Grain)
    --  Naben Ruthnum, "Cinema Rex" (The Malahat Review)

Each of the three finalists will receive $1,000, with the eventual prizewinner 
receiving a total of $10,000, and the journal that originally published the 
winning entry receiving $2,000. The finalists were chosen by a jury of Miranda 
Hill, Mark Medley, and Russell Wangersky. 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 
2013 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.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Journey Prize anthology, special 
events featuring past contributors will take place at the Vancouver Writers 
Fest on October 27 and the International Festival of Authors in Toronto on 
October 31.

"These awards recognize our world-class Canadian talent, giving the finalists 
affirmation from a jury of their peers, and bringing their work to the 
attention of readers from across the country," said Mary Osborne, executive 
director, Writers' Trust of Canada. "We are honored to add this year's slate 
of finalists to the ever-expanding tribe of great authors who have received 
nominations for Writers' Trust awards."

High-resolution images of the finalists and their nominated books are 
available for download at writerstrust.com.

To facilitate the promotion of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 
nominated books, an online catalogue for retailers has been created through 
BookNet Canada's CataList program: 
https://bnccatalist.ca/ViewCatalogue.aspx?id=2900.

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.

About the Writers' Trust Awards
An annual event awarding $114,000 to Canadian writers, the Writers' Trust 
Awards evening is one of the richest prize-giving nights in Canada. Jared 
Bland, books editor, The Globe and Mail, will emcee this year's festivities in 
Toronto on November 20, 2013. Four additional prizes for a body of work will 
be presented at the ceremony:
    --  Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life ($20,000)
    --  Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People ($20,000)
    --  Writers' Trust Distinguished Contribution Award
    --  Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award ($25,000)

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.



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