Amazon First Novel Award

Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Celebrating debut Canadian novelists since 1976

The First Novel Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievement of a Canadian first-time novelist. Since 1976, the First Novel Award has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelists, including Michael Ondaatje, Joan Barfoot, Joy Kogawa, W. P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, Rohinton Mistry, Anne Michaels, André Alexis, Michael Redhill, Mary Lawson, Colin McAdam, Joan Thomas, and David Bezmozgis.


Youth Author Award

Thank you for your submissions to the Youth Author Short Fiction category of the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.
You will receive notification the week of April 23 if your story is the winner, and a public announcement will be made the week of May 22.

New this year to the Amazon Canada First Novel Award is the Youth Author short-fiction category. Authors between the ages of 13 and 17 submit a short story under 3,000 words, and our panel of judges will choose the winner
—the prize for the winning short story is $5,000 and a mentorship lunch with The Walrus editors on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
Full competition rules click here
The deadline was Friday, March 30, 2018 at 11:59PM


First Novel Award

Thank you for your submission to the Adult Author category of the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.
You will receive notification the week of April 16 if your novel makes the shortlist, and a public announcement will be made the week of April 23.

The shortlist will be announced in April 2018 and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at an award ceremony in Toronto attended by the city’s literary elite.
$40,000 Grand Prize
Find full competition rules here


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