If you are looking to read more award-winning Canadian books, or more Can lit in general (which you definitely should), check out Book Riot’s other posts about Can lit right here. Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. I Hope You're Listening is for ages 14 and up. Here are 20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing. But when a girl goes missing, Dee must be willing to reveal her own identity to ensure the girl is safely found. Kelly Powell is a Ontario-based author who writes fantasy for teens and young adults. Our 2020 winner is Stéphane Larue for the novel The Dishwasher, about a graphic design student who takes a job as a dishwater and is plunged into the overwhelming rush of the restaurant and his fellow workers. 01.14.20 at 2:22 pm. Despite just winning a national high-school geography competition, Jomon is still angry and desperate with his lot in life, as he's from a family with limited means. She is the author of the Sanctuary sci-fi YA series, which includes the books Sanctuary and Containment. The five other nominees can be found here. Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard. Bryan Stevenson. It’s currently available for preorder and comes out on May 19, 2020. Author and illustrator Marianne Dubuc is this year’s winner. Add some “good” to your morning and evening. 1st: $1,000 and publication in The Iowa Review. Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript Submissions, The 2019 Guide to Manuscript Publishers, Submit, Publish, Repeat, and The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing.. She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing, as well as a course on publishing in literary journals. The two authors were revealed at the Literary Cabaret at this year’s Virtual Whistler Writers Festival. Her other books include the children's short story collection Sit and the nonfiction book Kids of Kabul. Just Released New books this week! Writer's Market editor Robert Lee Brewer announces the Writer's Market 2020, including what's included in the 99th annual edition of the most trusted guide to getting published.. Tasha Spillett-Sumner is an educator, poet and scholar of Nehiyaw and Trinidadian descent. P.S. The winner was How to Pronounce Knife, a book of short stories about characters struggling to find their bearings, often as they work at the kinds of jobs that others overlook. Release date: Jan. … Caryn Lix is a YA fantasy writer based in Alberta. Delia "Dee" Skinner is currently 17 years old, but will always be known as the girl who wasn't taken when her best friend Sibby was abducted a decade ago. After encountering alien attacks and bounty hunters, Kenzie must use her newly-acquired superpowers to solve a dark mystery and save Earth from destruction. She loves grounded space operas, rare myth and fairy tale retellings, nature survival stories, epistolary novels, and heists. This magical gift comes with a price: Catherine loses an hour of her life for every hour a ghost remains in the land of the living. A group known as the Resistance must band together and defy the odds to uncover the secrets of the City and determine the future fate of the world. Set in Toronto, Confessions of a Teenage Drag King takes a colourful and lighthearted look at gender, sexual orientation and identity. Yesterday, I received a copy of Writer's Market 2020 in the mail, and I still feel as excited about holding the latest edition now as I did when I held my first edition as an editor. Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: Peril at Owl Park is for ages 10 and up. Find winners of the Giller Prize, Man Booker Prize, Governor General's Award and more. Eli is a teenage girl and trained assassin taught to kill with her seven living blades. Deadline: TBD 2022. Our #1 recommendation for Black History Month is already a classic. The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life is for ages 12 and up. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. To accomplish this, she decides to manage the school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Writers’ Trust also gives out the Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction. (Full disclosure: I work for one of her English publishers.). Dubuc is French Canadian and writes in French. Does not handle screenplays, illustrated books, or children's books. Eli starts to question all she was taught about her world and the human world, when an assignment goes awry. The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life is a lighthearted story of teen love and relationships as Alison tries to ensure that the show goes on without a hitch. In this very strange year, though, it’s nice to be able to recognize great books, Canadian or otherwise. The best part? Heart Sister is an emotional story about a boy named Emmitt whose world is turned upside down when his twin sister Minnie dies in an accident. The latest book sees budding detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector put to the test once again as they find adventure and a new mystery. The GGs are a group of awards that (in their own words) “recognize great Canadian books” across a number of categories. Finalists will be announced in May and winners in June. In The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life, teenager Alison Green desperately wants to be the valedictorian of her school. I Hope You're Listening is a YA novel that tackles true crime podcast culture. Here you'll find grants that cover a simple conference fee or a six-month retreat to write and get away from it all. Magic Dark and Strange is a historical fantasy YA novel about a girl named Catherine Daly who has the ability to summon the dead. Confessions of a Teenage Drag King is for ages 13 and up. She is the author of the 2014 YA novel I've Got a Time Bomb. Adan Jerreat-Poole is a writer and a PhD candidate in English and cultural studies at McMaster University. When you can read it: Aug. 4, 2020 Caryn Lix is a YA fantasy writer based in Alberta. MINT LITERARY AGENCY. Brenna has always gravitated to unique stories with a strong point of view. His most famous work is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, an autobiographical account of Stevenson’s work on the Walter McMillian case. Charming as a Verb is a YA novel about Henri "Halti" Haltiwanger, a teen with swagger who is convinced he can charm just about anyone. The author of the prize-winning story will receive US$2000; the two runners-up will receive $500 and $300, respectively. Here are the books coming out this season we can't wait to read! It’s that time again: a round-up of the award-winning Canadian books of the year! When Jen is accepted into a prestigious arts high school, she faces anti-Indigenous racism and has to make the choice to stand up and prove she belongs. From the Roots Up is the sequel to Surviving the City and continues the stories of characters Dez and Miikwan. Higgins was raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland and is one of the most popular authors in the world. Incorrect Book The list contains an incorrect book (please specify the title of the book). Nancy Chappell-Pollack is a Winnipeg-based writer. 15 Books by Latino & Latin American Authors to Add to Your 2020 Reading List. I have read this book and confirm it’s funny and sweet! She is a member of the Order of Canada. Sybil Lamb is a Canadian trans author and artist. Janice Lynn Mather was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. 1. Heather T. Smith is a writer from Waterloo, Ont. Michael F. Stewart is a YA author, screenwriter and video game writer from Ottawa. There were two other finalists, CROW by Amy Spurway and Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor. It is open to original science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy up to 17,000 words in length. From superstar author Angie Thomas, this stunning novel is inspired by the activists of Black Lives Matter and is 100% required reading for this month and beyond. This is the last year for the RBC Taylor Prize, an award for the best Canadian work of literary nonfiction. RTÉ Radio 1 Francis MacManus Short Story Competition is open to writers who are Irish or reside in Ireland. In a gritty unnamed city, Eggs flits across city rooftops, encounters a wild cast of characters and must navigate her own survival when a neighbourhood bully targets her for revenge. The world of Underland is a dark and dangerous place and the Underlanders battle hunger, sickness and violence as they seek out the energy source known as brine. Set on the streets of Georgetown, Guyana, The Greats is a fable-like story about Jomon. This year’s winner was Molly of the Mall by Heidi L.M. Hudson Bay Company, for Americans who don’t know, is now a large department store (often referred to as HBC or the Bay). Updated October 2020. The book was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — text. ... young adult literature. Magic Dark and Strange is for ages 12 and up. The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. Shop Indigo.ca for a great selection of award-winning books in both fiction and non-fiction. 2nd: $750. Thank you for signing up! It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. won the 2019 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, a $50,000 prize that recognizes the best Canadian children's book of the year. The Whistler Writing Society, Canadian Authors Association and Vivalogue Publishing are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 WIBAs. The last ever winner was Mark Bourrie for Bush Runner, which is the story of explorer and Hudson Bay Company founder Pierre-Esprit Radisson. She was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustration for her 2000 picture book Hannah's Collections. Check back every Tuesday for our new releases This award recognizes the best in Canadian humour writing, whether fiction or nonfiction. Inappropriate The list (including its title or description) facilitates illegal activity, or contains hate speech or ad hominem attacks on a fellow Goodreads member or author. Are any of your favourite Canadian kids' books on our list? List of Literary Agents 2020-2021 – Use our free lists of book agents in our literary agencies database for all Book Agents Near Me searches. You can watch a film exploring this at the National Film Board of Canada’s website. The Girl Who Was Convinced Beyond All Reason That She Could Fly is an otherworldly look at the power of hope and resilience. Colleen Nelson is a YA author based in Winnipeg. Grants Grants are the free money everyone wants. Holt/Ottaviano, echobrown.com. Underland is a sequel to the 2018 YA novel Pulse Point. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this year’s awards have been postponed until 2021, You can take a look at what won last year if you’re curious, Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People, This is the last year for the RBC Taylor Prize. It presents the finest of Canadian and international writers, artists and thinkers across the range of literary genres from fiction to non-fiction, poetry to plays, graphic novelists and illustrators. The entry fee is $20. It's about four young girls — Eve, Faith, KeeKee and Nia — and the choices they are forced to make one fateful summer. Dani Jansen is a writer and teacher from Montreal. But when Henri meets Corinne Troy, a girl who sees right through his charms and exposes his less-than-ethical business practices, it becomes a battle of wits — with potential love looming on the horizon. Marthe Jocelyn is a Toronto-based writer and illustrator. His other teen romances include We Three, Just Julian and Romeo for Real. Like the Giller, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes the best novel or short story collection of the year. This year, the shortlist consisted of five novels: How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa, Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson, Here the Dark by David Bergen, Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo, and The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. Deborah Ellis is a Canadian writer of several children's books, including The Breadwinner. Keep an eye on your inbox. Submitting to poetry competitions and free writing contests in 2020 is absolutely worth your while as an aspiring author: just as your qualifications matter when you apply for a new job, a writing portfolio that boasts published works and award-winning pieces is a … You can see a full list on their website. By Alejandra Oliva. Wracked with guilt, Dee transforms herself into the Seeker, the faceless voice of a true crime podcast called Radio Silent about solving missing person cases. Dez is grieving the death of his grandmother and with nowhere else to go, she stays in a group home. CBC Books named Philippe a writer to watch in 2019. We're giving away a $250 gift card to Barnes and Noble! Deadline: December 31, 2020 Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest It’s named after Stephen Leacock, a Canadian writer best known for Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. The illustrated story is a first-person account of four nights spent on open sea ice in the harsh Arctic climate, with few supplies and no water. WIBA 2020 Winners Announced! This decision was made before the pandemic, so it is unrelated to COVID-19, but still a bummer because it’s one of the few awards that recognize Canadian nonfiction. If they do select your book, they publish in digital, printed, and audiobook formats. Her books include the YA novels Just Lucky, The Missing, He Who Dreams, Rez Runaway and One Night, the picture books Missing Nimâmâ and Stolen Words and the nonfiction book Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools. The duo must use their skills and imaginations to work to find a murderer on the loose during the Christmas holiday season. 10 Famous Canadian Authors You Must Read Canada is the country most well known for its hospitality, diversity, sports and of course, its maple syrup! Barry Squires, Full Tilt is for ages 12 and up. The books follow a 12-year old named Ama and a band of humans named Underlanders who live underneath the City. And that’s the list of award-winning Canadian books for 2020! By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass depicts a fantasy world of witches and the assassins they created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. He has contributed to publications like Vanity Fair, the Guardian and Playboy. This year that was Gil Adamson’s Ridgerunner (which you will remember from the Giller shortlist). Scholastic Fiction, alexandrasheppard.com. Charming as a Verb is for ages 12 and up. Isabelle Follath is an illustrator from Switzerland. For example, you can use the list to find Literary Agencies and Publishing Agents in NYC, Literary Agencies and Book Agents in California, and more. No two are alike, so keep coming […] His other books include The Boy Who Swallows Flies and Ray Vs. the Meaning of Life. Details * Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this year’s awards have been postponed until 2021. HarperCollins Publishers: World Leading Book Publisher. 100 best Canadian kids' books of all time We surveyed experts from coast to coast to help us create this awesome list of titles. Starting in 2000 with four books of poems, their catalogue now boasts a strong number of poets as well as literary fiction and some non-fiction (mostly centred around the city of Toronto). The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life is her first book. Release date: Jan. 14 What it's … Ittusardjuat is a residential school survivor, a certified journeyman mechanic and comes from a long line of walrus hunters. Elder Linda is doing her best to be supportive, but finds it challenging when the gendered protocols she grew up with are put into question. Markus Harwood-Jones is a writer, artist and filmmaker based in Toronto. When events lead Jomon to be sentenced to a youth detention facility, elements of magical realism occur as the spectre of long-lost family and a giant rodent appear to help him deal with his thoughts of ending his life. In Dreaming in Color, 14-year-old Jen is an Indigenous teen who dreams of being an artist. Inspired by the life and work of Agatha Christie, Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: Peril at Owl Park is the second book in the Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series. Comments are welcome while open. The Giller is awarded to a Canadian novel or book of short stories published in English (including translations). Some pay for specifically designed projects and others exercise your ability to match writing with a social cause. But Emmitt is forced to deal with his emotions when the girl who received his sister's heart refuses to meet him. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. Submission Guidelines: Refer to website. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. All while also navigating a new relationship and learning to embrace her Two-Spirit identity. The Writers’ Trust awards several other literary prizes. L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest The quarterly contest awards cash prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 are awarded every three months. Facing the Sun is a coming-of-age story set in the Bahamas. It was founded as a fur-trading business in the 17th century. She is specifically looking for works of YA and adult science fiction, fantasy, mystery and suspense. 2020 is finally here and your favorite authors are getting ready to release some major titles that will give you all the feels and make you want to add more books to your TBR list. There are, of course, many other Canadian literary awards, but these are a great place to start. Larue wrote the novel in French and it was translated into English by Pablo Strauss. Deborah Ellis on what she would be if she wasn't a writer, Why Ben Philippe wrote a YA novel about being a black French Canadian kid in Texas, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager. Natasha Donovan is a Vancouver-based illustrator whose work has appeared in The Other Side and This Place: 150 Years Retold. Prize:. Set in St. John's during the 90s, Barry Squires, Full Tilt is about a 12-year-old boy and his dreams to become a dancer. Given those roots, the Bay has an unavoidably colonialist past and was often the source of mistreatment of Indigenous people, especially when European trappers and fur traders took over their traditional territory. The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. You can take a look at what won last year if you’re curious! Her 2018 novel-in-verse Ebb & Flow was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for children's literature — text and won the 2019 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, a $50,000 prize that recognizes the best Canadian children's book of the year. Literary agent alerts are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. The writing market can be overwhelming, particularly for new authors who do not have a history of past publication. Contents News from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre & Friends Links We Love December Reading List: Our Favourites of 2020 Podcasts Author Corner: David Alexander Robertson Bibliovideo Illustrator’s Studio: Byron Eggenschwiler Experts’ Picks News from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre & Friends #IReadCanadian Now More Than Ever! Her other books include Pulse Point, Spin, Blood Brothers and Finding Hope. When a dance troupe performs a thrilling set at the new bingo hall in town, Finbar (Barry) Squires must convince his parents that, although he has a temper and is a bit rough around the edges, he dreams to dance and that dreams do come true. And that’s the list of award-winning Canadian books for 2020! Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. Quill and Quire | Canada's magazine of book news and reviews. Authors of unpublished YA novels should email the manuscript, a synopsis, and a resume, along with a cover letter, to submissions@speaking-volumes.com. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Alison soon finds herself in over her head and a series of events befall the production. Her picture books include Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds, Your House, My House, Lucy and Company, and many more. He published his debut novel The Field Guide to the North American Teenager in 2019. Here are the works of Canadian YA fiction coming out this season we can't wait to read. 20 YA Books to Read During Black History Month (AND EVERY MONTH!) They give awards to both English and French books. The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass is for ages 15 and up. In How I Survived, Serapio Ittusardjuat shares the traditional skills he depended on to survive when his snowmobile broke down halfway across the sea ice on a trip home from a fishing camp. And here is my usual caveat about how awards don’t always offer a full picture of what is worthy of recognition in Can lit. They live in Kingston, Ont. You can see the other nominees here. (Updated 9/2/2020) Given to a debut novel, this award often recognizes early career writers or those who fly under the radar of traditional awards buzz. He spends his time living between Ontario and Nova Scotia. In this YA illustrated novel, a homeless girl named Eggs has the power to fly. Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. 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