Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Amazon Canada First Novel Award Presented by Amazon Canada and The Walrus Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be postponing the forty-fourth annual Amazon Canada First Novel Award ceremony. …

Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Presented by Amazon Canada and The Walrus

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be postponing the forty-fourth annual Amazon Canada First Novel Award ceremony. In these difficult times, Amazon Canada maintains its support of Canadian writers and has made this decision in the best interest of our guests and our community. The awards ceremony will now take place on August 27, 2020, at The Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto.

Since its establishment in 1976, the Amazon Canada 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. The winner of the grand prize receives $60,000.

This year also marks the third year of the Youth Short Story Category, in which authors between the ages of thirteen and seventeen submit a short story under 3,000 words, and our panel of judges choose the winner. The prize for the winning short story is $5,000 and a mentorship lunch with The Walrus editors.

The announcement of this year’s shortlisted authors will be postponed until a month before the new ceremony date, and we will provide updates as they come. We believe it is our responsibility to do our part to keep our guests and our community safe. The situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, and we encourage everyone to follow guidelines put forth by government and public health officials.

Stay safe, and keep reading. We look forward to celebrating with you in August.

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Adult Novel Category

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.

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 11:59 pm (PST) on February 14, 2020.


Judges

Judge 1

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Judge 2

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Judge 3

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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.

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