Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Amazon Canada First Novel Award Presented by Amazon Canada and The Walrus Established in 1976, the First Novel Award program has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved …

Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Presented by Amazon Canada and The Walrus

Established in 1976, the First Novel Award program has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelists. Previous winners include Michael Ondaatje, Joan Barfoot, Joy Kogawa, W. P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Redhill, Mona Awad, Katherena Vermette, and Michael Kaan.

The winner of the Adult Novel Category will receive $60,000, and each of the six finalists will receive $6,000 in prize money. The Youth Short Story category invites authors between the ages of 13 and 17 to submit a short story under 3,000 words. The winner in this category will receive $5,000 and a mentorship lunch with editors of The Walrus.


Adult Novel Category

Submissions for novels in the Adult Novel Category published between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 must be received no later than 11:59 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.


Youth Short Story Category

The Youth Short Story category invites authors between the ages of thirteen and seventeen to submit a short story under 3,000 words. The winner in this category will receive $5,000 and a mentorship lunch with editors of The Walrus. Submissions for the Youth Short Story Category must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm (PST) on January 31, 2020.


Judges

Judge 1

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Judge 2

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Judge 3

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Judge 4

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2019 Amazon Canada First Novel Award Shortlist

Past Winners

Last year, fifteen-year-old Jenniffer Meng was chosen as the winner by the First Novel Award’s panel of judges. The prize for her winning short story, “Where Do All the Birds Go??”.

 
 
 

Get in Touch

For more information please contact us at amazoncanadafirstnovelaward@thewalrus.ca or +1 (905)-466-3624.

The Walrus Staff