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City of Toronto announces Finalists for the Toronto Book Award

The City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library have released the shortlist for the 2016 Toronto Book Award, which honours books of literary merit that are evocative of the city. Books of all genres are considered, and 2016 marks the 42nd presentation of the award.

2016 Toronto Book Award Finalists:

  • Howard Akler for his memoir Men of Action (Coach House Books)
  • Call for Submissions! Tiny Tales Short Story Competition, Sponsored by Hendrink's Gin, Accepting Entries Until Sept 5

    Do you have three great sentences? If so, don't miss your chance to enter the Tiny Tales Short Story Competition, sponsored by Hendrick's Gin.

    Call for Submissions! The Walrus Poetry Prize is Now Open!

    From our friends at The Walrus

    Submissions are now Open for the 2016 Walrus Poetry Prize!

    The Walrus Foundation announced today that the the fifth annual Walrus Poetry Prize, judged by The Walrus poetry editor Damian Rogers and celebrated poet Hoa Nguyen. The Hal Jackman Foundation generously supports this $5,000 prize.

    Marianne Dubuc and Susan Nielsen win 40th anniversary Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

    On June 22, the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Arts Foundation announced the winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards. 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the awards, which honour excellence in English-language writing for young readers.

    At an event at Toronto’s Scarborough Village Alternative Public School, Marianne Dubuc and Susin Nielsen were honoured as the Children's Picture Book Award and Young Adult/Middle Reader Award winners, respectively.

    The prizes are unique in that the winners are selected by juries of young readers, in grades three and four for the Children's Picture Book Award, and in grades seven and eight for the Young Adult/Middle Reader Award.

    Kevin Hardcastle & Soraya Peerbaye win 2016 Trillium Book Awards

    Open Book is thrilled to announce that our own Kevin Hardcastle, Open Book Toronto's Assistant Editor, has won the $20,000 2016 Trillium Book Award for his debut short fiction collection, Debris (Biblioasis). Debris was also nominated for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. 2016 marks the second year in a row where the Trillium Prize has been awarded to a collection of short stories from an independent publisher (the 2015 award was given to Kate Cayley for her story collection How You Were Born, published by Pedlar Press).

    Literary Prize News: Talented Authors Honoured in History, Poetry, LGBTQ Writing & More!

    It's prize season in Canada, and a handful of incredible books have recently been honoured by a number of organizations. You'll want to check out the winners below when you're putting together your summer reading lists! Whether you're looking for great poetry, prose, history writing, or you just want to be amongst the first to discover great new emerging authors, the hard working jurors for these prizes have made it easy to find great Canadian writing.


    Call for Submissions! Alpha Education Celebrates Hope in "History + Art = Peace" Contest

    From Alpha Education

    History + Art = Peace (HAP) Contest — 3 WEEKS TO GO!

    Enter Alpha Education's annual HAP Contest by July 8, 2016 for the chance to win up to $1000. Literary and visual art projects on the 2016 of "Sustaining Hope" will be considered.

    A poet, a novelist and a toddler enter a room

    Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be one of those literary power couples, talent just oozing from their pores, words pouring from their pens, seemingly effortlessly? Meaghan Strimas & Nathan Whitlock are both exceptionally good company, witty, delightful, ready with witty banter, and damned fine writers. 

    I was curious about how much they influence each other, in craft, especially because Nathan writes novels and Meaghan writes poetry. They were kind enough to to take some time to think about my questions, somewhere between caring for their kids and Nathan’s treatment for cancer. Because these two are unstoppable. 

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