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
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
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
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
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
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
SOURCE: The Writers' Trust of Canada
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