CAA Emerging Writer Award
Deadline: Emerging Writer Award: March 31, annually, Entry Fee: None
Fiction: January 15, Entry Fee: $40
Canadian History: January 15, Entry Fee: $40
Poetry: January 15, Entry Fee: $40
Eligibility: Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award:
For: a writer under 30 years of age deemed to show exceptional promise in the field of literary creation
Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction:
For: full-length English language literature for adults by a Canadian writer
The Lela Common Award for Canadian History:
For: historical nonfiction on Canadian topics by a Canadian writer
Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry:
For: full-length English-language book of poems for adults, by a Canadian writer
The entry must have been first published in 2014. (Publication may have taken place outside Canada.)
Entries must be full-length English-language literature for adults written by a single author. (Exception: books co-written by two or more authors are permissible in the Fiction and Canadian History categories.)
Collections of stories or articles are not eligible, whether they are by a single author or by a group of authors.
The author must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
Entrants are not eligible to win a prize for the same category two years in a row. (Previous winners may submit entries to any of the other Canadian Authors Association Literary Award categories.)
Reprints, translations and posthumous entries are not eligible.
Value: Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award: Prize: $500
Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction: Prize: $2000 and a silver medal
The Lela Common Award for Canadian History: Prize: $2000 and a silver medal
Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry: Prize: $2000 and a silver medal
Contact: Noelle Bickle
Sponsor: The Ontario Arts Council & The Trillium Foundation
6 West Street North, Suite 203
Orillia, ON L3V 5B8
Phone: 705 325 3926
Description: In 1975, the Canadian Authors Association reinstated its awards for literary achievement, a program originally begun in 1937 with the creation of the Governor General#s medals for literature (now overseen by Canada Council for the Arts). The primary goal in reinstating the awards program was to honour writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal.
Three awards were offered in the program#s first year#fiction, poetry and drama. The award for Canadian History, the Lela Common Award, was added in 1997, and the award for emerging writers was first offered in 2006.
Further Details: The CAA Emerging Writer Award goes to the Canadian writer deemed to show the most promise in the field of literary creation. There are no restrictions as to the genre, and a writer may be selected based on a body of work in a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form.
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