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The Writers' Trust announces Intriguing & Unexpected Shortlist for $25,000 Rogers Fiction Prize

We're now firmly in literary prize season, and the lists are coming thick and fast. The second of the three big annual fiction lists was announced today by the Writers' Trust of Canada — the venerable Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize shortlist consists of five titles selected by jurors Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla.

It's an interesting and somewhat surprising list, leaving off a few titles that have thus-far proved to be 2016 favourites, including Madeleine Thein's Man Booker Prize-nominated Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Zoe Whittall's timely and powerful The Best Kind of People, and Mona Awad's Amazon First Novel Award winner, 13 Ways of Looking at Fat Girl.

Shortlist announced for $75,000 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

Though it has flown somewhat under the radar, the nine-year-old Cundill Prize in Historical Literature has quietly been establishing itself as one of the leading literary prizes in the country. It's the most lucrative international award for a non-fiction book in the world, with a staggering $75,000 (US) grand prize, in addition to two Recognition of Excellence prizes of $10,000 (US) each. The prize was established by McGill alumnus F. Peter Cundill, who passed away in January 2011, and is awarded annually to an individual who has published a book that has made a profound literary, social, and academic impact in the area of history.

Contest! Grand Prize Non-Fiction Mega Book Package from The Word on the Street

Are you in need of a whole new library? Do you live for fascinating, brilliantly written non-fiction? Then don't miss your chance to win our final, grand prize from The Word On The Street this year — a huge prize pack of the best in Canadian non-fiction. Whether you want to laugh yourself silly or expand your mind, this huge list of titles has it all. This is the last of our 2016 The Word on the Street book giveaways, and we're going out with a bang!

Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature Shortlist Announced!

Canada's literary heritage is full of talented Jewish authors, including granddaddy (or, perhaps most aptly, zaide) Mordecai Richler, as well as acclaimed writers like Matt Cohen, Irving Layton, and many more.

Writers' Trust announces Journey Prize nominees!

The Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is a unique literary award — not only does it honour individual short stories, rather than novels or full collections, it also spawns the annual, much loved Journey Prize Stories, a collection of the finest pieces of short fiction submitted for consideration for the award. The prize has a unique funding story as well — it is supported by James A. Michener’s donation of his Canadian royalty earnings from his 1998 novel Journey.

Contest! Win a Prize Pack for the Whole Family From The Word on the Street

The family that reads together, stays together, so don't miss the chance to enter our newest contest in partnership with Toronto's favourite outdoor literary festival, The Word On The Street! This great big, family-friendly prize pack has books that everyone will love, so enter today!

Booker Prize Shortlist Features Two Canadians, including Giller Overlap

The Man Booker Prize is perhaps the most prestigious single-title literary award in the world. Open to authors of any nationality published in the UK, the prize has honoured writers like J.M. Coetzee (who appeared on the longlist once again this year), Margaret Atwood, and Kazuo Ishiguro.

Contest! Win Fantastic, Mysterious Reads from The Word on the Street!

Everyone needs to a little bit of mystery in life to keep things interesting — but if you're up for a lot of mystery, then you'll want to enter our newest contest in partnership with The Word On The Street! We've got a great prize pack of mystery titles to give away, and you won't want to miss the chance to enter to win these page-turners.

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