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HAMILTON LITERARY AWARDS

CELEBRATING 26 YEARS OF HAMILTON STORYTELLING!

The Hamilton Arts Council Literary Awards recognizes published books of literary excellence, written by authors residing in Hamilton. This year, we're celebrating the 26th Anniversary of our Hamilton Literary Awards! Prizes will be awarded in all four of the following categories: Poetry, Non-fiction, Fiction and the Kerry Schooley Book Award for the book that is the most evocative of Hamilton.

LITERARY AWARDS 2019 GUIDELINES

To be eligible in the Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry Book categories an entry must be:

  • a published book of literary merit with an ISBN number

  • a minimum of 48 bound pages (children’s books may be shorter)

  • published in the previous calendar year

  • written by an author residing in the City of Hamilton** who is a Canadian citizen or has landed immigrant status

  • single-authored or co-authored (maximum two authors, provided that both authors meet the residency requirements)

 

** To meet the residency requirements, authors must live in Hamilton at the time of the award submission deadline and/or book publication, and a minimum of 12 consecutive months up to and including either or both dates.

 

To be eligible in The Kerry Schooley Book Award category an entry must be:

  • a published book of literary merit with an ISBN number

  • a minimum of 48 bound pages (children’s books may be shorter)

  • published in the previous calendar year

  • written by an author who has resided in Hamilton for a significant portion of their life, who is a Canadian citizen or has landed immigrant status and may or may not be a current resident

  • single-authored or co-authored (maximum two authors, provided that both authors meet the residency requirements)

 

Ineligible entries include, but are not limited to:

  • translations

  • books written by authors who are deceased at the time the title was submitted to the competition

  • anthologies and books with works by more than two authors

  • ghostwritten books

  • manuscripts

  • works in an electronic format

  • textbooks, catalogues, cookbooks, reference books, academic publications, technical manuals, self-help books

  • reprints or republications of titles originally published at an earlier date

  • books submitted by City of Hamilton and area elected representatives

    A minimum of 3 eligible entries must be received each year in a given category. If this minimum is not reached, submissions will be forwarded to the following year’s competition.
     

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES IS JULY 12, 2019 AT 4 PM
 

All submissions must be received by the deadline date or postmarked on that date or earlier. Late submissions will not be accepted.

 

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

A total of five (5) copies (per category) of each book in the poetry, fiction, non-fiction and the Kerry Schooley Book Award category must be submitted to the Hamilton Arts Council office at:

 

Hamilton Arts Council

26th Annual Literary Awards

51 Stuart Street

Hamilton, ON L8L 1B5
 

*Please note that books will not be returned

 

SELECTION PROCESS

The Hamilton Arts Council uses a peer review process to select the Literary Award laureates. In each category, a three-person jury composed of writers and literary arts professionals reviews the books and selects a short list of finalists and an award recipient. The criterion for selection is literary excellence.

The Kerry Schooley Book Award is a review process which will consist of three members of the Hamilton community with a literary interest and will include at least one literary arts professional, with the criteria for selection being both literary excellence and the affinity of the book for the city of Hamilton.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS AND WINNERS

A short-list of finalists will be announced in October 2019.

The names of award winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony in December 2019.

 

INFORMATION

Additional information contact David, our Community Engagement Officer at 905.481.3218 or david@hamiltonartscouncil.ca for further information.

 

The Hamilton Literary Awards are an annual literary event with the goal of recognizing and celebrating the best of our city’s published authors.  The Awards are presented to books of outstanding merit and quality in the categories of Fiction, Poetry and Non-fiction by authors residing in Hamilton and the surrounding areas. The Hamilton Literary Awards also include the Kerry Schooley Book Award to be given to the book that is most evocative of the City of Hamilton and/or surrounding area. The Kerry Schooley Book Award has been named in honour of the late Kerry Schooley who was a tireless advocate for literary arts in Hamilton.