Amazon Canada First Novel Award – Submit (Adult Category)

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Q: Am I eligible?

A: To be eligible, the author must be a first-time novelist. They must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada that has reached the age of majority in their province or territory. The novel itself must be a fictional work written by a single author, available in English. It must be professionally published between between April 1 of the current year and March 31 of the following year. For full guidelines, please visit here.

Q: Do I have to have a professional publisher?

A: Yes. Only entrants who are the professional book publisher of the submitted novel may submit a novel for the competition. For full guidelines, please visit here.

​Q: How do I submit?

A: To enter the competition, the entrant must submit a fully completed submission form for each novel it wishes to enter for consideration. There is no limit on the number of novels that may be submitted by an entrant. Only one submission form may be submitted per novel, and in the event that multiple submissions are received for a novel, only the first submission received will be considered. For each submission, the entrant must send a print copy of the completed submission form and four (4) copies of the novel to which the submission form relates to:

First Novel Award Submission
C/O The Walrus
The Walrus Foundation
Suite B15, 411 Richmond St. E.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 3S5

Q: What is the deadline?

A: Submissions for novels in the Adult Novel Category slated to be published between February 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 must submit advance copies of the novels no later than 5:00 pm (PST) on January 31, 2020. Submissions for novels in the Adult Novel Category slated to be published between February 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 must submit advance copies of the novels no later than 5:00 pm (PST) on January 31, 2020.