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
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?"
-- 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
"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:
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
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