How literary awards impact book-buying in Canada


Congratulations to newly minted Giller Prize laureate Sean Michaels, and to all of the authors and publishers of this year’s excellent shortlist!

We asked Canadians whether books they recently purchased had won or been nominated for a literary award, and how much that affected their decision to buy.
See what we found out in the latest free report from BookNet Research: Canadians Reading Winners: Are Book Buyers Influenced by Literary Awards?


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A reflection on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2014

The Man Booker Prize 2014 shortlist is out. Although it won’t have been chosen with this in mind, the list is a thing of perfect balance. As they sat in their last meeting the judges will have been too busy winnowing the longlisted books and arguing the case for dismissal or inclusion to have noticed what was shaping up in front of them. The realisation will have come only when they breathed out after the wrangling and found they had picked a shortlist that contains not just two women and four men but an ecumenical national representation too – three Brits (one Indian-born), two Americans and one Australian. The books’ themes show the same even-handedness: there is the future (Howard Jacobson’s J) and the past (Richard Flangan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North); the formally traditional (Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others) and the experimental (Ali Smith’s How to be Both); the modern technological (Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour) and the imaginative twist (Karen Joy Fowler’s We are All Completely Beside Ourselves). There are even five different imprints represented on the list. The judges, clearly, are natural democrats and meritocrats.


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Tartt Wins Pulitzer


The Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday afternoon. The winners in the book categories are:

FictionThe Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
HistoryThe Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)
BiographyMargaret Fuller: A New American Life, by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
General NonfictionToms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, by Dan Fagin, (Bantam Books)
Poetry3 Sections, by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)
DramaThe Flick, by Annie Baker

Both fiction finalists were also Publishers Lunch Buzz Books, The Son by Philipp Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, by Bob Shacochis. Other finalists included Eric Schlosser’s Command and Control.

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The Philip Larkin Society & East Riding Poetry Prize 2014

Poet Don Paterson will be judging this year’s Philip Larkin Society and East Riding Poetry Prize, in addition to our East Riding Young Poet’s Prize. To download an application, please visit our website.

 Deadline: April 14, 2014
Entry fee: £4.00
Prize: £1000

 Crab Orchard Review Annual Literary Contests

 The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, & John Guyon Literary nonfiction contests are now open for submission. One winner and at least two finalists will be chosen in each category (there is no theme for the Literary Prize entries; just send your best work). The three category winners will be published and the finalists offered publication (with a payment of $500) in the next Winter/Spring issue ofCrab Orchard Review.

Deadline: April 21, 2014
Entry fee: $22.50 per entry (additional entries $10; up to two additional entries). All entrants receive a year subscription ($20 value), additional entries receive one-back issue each entry
Prize: $2000 and publication for each genre winner (finalists are offered $500 and publication)

 Micro Fiction Contest 2014

 The Escuela Delengua’s micro fiction contest is back! Spanish is something that united us and we like to teach Spanish as a foreign language. This is why the theme of this year’s contest is learning Spanish. This contest is open to people that are interested in the Spanish and Hispanic language and culture. Submit a 100-character story in English, Italian, French, German or Spanish.

Deadline: April 27, 2014
Entry fee: none
Prize: 2-week intensive Spanish course

 The Out in Print Literary Award 2014

 The award is open to qualifying applicants of any age and nationality. The Out in Print Literary Award 2014 is intended for female-identified writers within the queer and/or trans spectrum who have never before been published in book form. The intention of this award is to promote the voices of marginalized female-identified folk within literature, and one winner will be selected to have their work published in Canada.

Deadline: April 30, 2014
Entry fee: none
Prize: $3500 cash, book design and layout, and a book launch covered by Egale in Toronto in early 2015

 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature

Eligible manuscripts and books published between May 1, 2012 and April 30, 2014 must be submitted by publishers. Publishers of the winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of a minimum of 2500 copies to be distributed to First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth across the country.

Deadline: May 1, 2014
Entry fee: none
Prize: 1st prize: $12,000; 2nd prize $8000; 3rd prize: $5000

 Black Orchid Novella Award

 Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction of between 15,000 – 20,000 words that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series.

Deadline: May 31, 2014
Entry fee: none
Prize: $1000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

 The Taming of Chance Story Competition

 The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences has partnered up with the American Statistical Association in launching a speculative fiction competition that calls on writers to imagine a world where the normal curve had never been discovered. Stories will be following in the tradition of Gibson and Sterling’s steampunk classic, The Difference Engine, in creating an imaginative alternate history that sparks the imagination.

Deadline: June 1, 2014
Entry fee: none
Prize: $2000 grand prize, with an additional $1500 in cash available for youth submissions.

 The Launceston, Tasmania Literary Award, 2014

 The Society of Women Writers, Tasmania Inc. is pleased to announce the inaugural, open to all writers worldwide, The Launceston, Tasmania Literary Award, 2014. With fabulous prizes on offer!

Deadline: June 13, 2014
Entry fee: none
Prize: 1st prize: AUD$2500; 2nd prize: AUD$750; 3rd prize: AUD$500 

 The 2014 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards

 The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards have been established to empower freelance social justice writers as they move toward final publication of a book or magazine article. The winners are announced on the website and their profiles updated as they move forward in their career.

Deadline: June 13, 2014
Entry fee: none
Prize: $5000; however, if there are two entries of equal merit, an award of $2500 will be granted to each writer.

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RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2014 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Alternating yearly between poetry and short fiction, the 2014 prize will be given for an outstanding work of unpublished short fiction.

Deadline: March 14, 2014

Entry fee: none

Prize: A prize of $5000 will be awarded to the best work of short fiction; Two honourable mentions will each receive $1000 prizes

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The 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition

The competition offers one of the largest monetary prizes for a poetry competition of its kind. All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously, so this is a great opportunity to have your poetry judged on its own merits. If you think you have what it takes to delight the judges and get your hands on the top prize of £5,000, then send us your poems now. Just make sure your poem is no longer than 50 lines, is unpublished, in English and is not a translation of another author’s work.

Deadline: March 14, 2014

Entry fee: £7.00 per poem

Prize: 1st prize is £5000; Additional prizes are £500 for 2nd place; £250 for 3rd place and five runners-up receive £50 each

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Diana Woods Memorial Award In Creative Nonfiction

Submit an essay of up to 5000 words on a subject of your choice. You must also include a 100-word biography, a photo and a note of thanks to the Woods family.

Deadline: March 31, 2014

Entry fee: none

Prize: $250 and publication in Lunch Ticket


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