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Hamilton Arts Council is thrilled to announce the shortlisted authors, and a return to an in-person ceremonial event, for the 29th annual Hamilton Literary Awards! 

 

Attend on Monday, December 12, 2022, at 7:00PM (ET) at Theatre Aquarius' Norman and Louise Haac Studio Theatre to enjoy readings from this years’ shortlist, and discover the awarded category winners. Following the premiere, on-demand viewing of the event will be available exclusively for Cogeco & Rogers television subscribers by Broadcast Sponsor, Cable 14, at cable14.com

 

In its 29th year, the Awards celebrate literary excellence in works published in the calendar year of 2021 from the Greater Hamilton Area and Six Nations of the Grand River. Authors will be recognized in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and the Kerry Schooley Book Award.

 

This year’s Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Anuja Varghese, a Hamilton-based QWOC writer, editor, and experienced arts administrator who is passionate about building an inclusive cultural landscape. Anuja’s debut short story collection titled Chrysalis, exploring South Asian diaspora experience through a feminist, speculative lens, will be released in 2023.

The 29th annual Hamilton Literary Awards Ceremony is made possible due to our community-centred sponsors, which include Cable 14, Hamilton Public Library, Theatre Aquarius, Epic Books, A Different Drummer Books and Ojistoh Publishing Productions.

 

The finalists for each category are:

Fiction (3). Sponsored by Epic Books

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Gary Barwin

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Pasha Malla

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Joe Ollmann

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Non-Fiction (5). Sponsored by The Village of Wentworth Heights

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Denise Davy

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Jolie Phuong Hoang

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Bernadette Rule

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Dawn Cheryl Hill

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Margaret Nowacyzk

Poetry (3).

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Jaclyn Desforges

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Michael Mirolla

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John Terpstra

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Kerry Schooley Book Award. Sponsored by A Different Drummer Books

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Denise Davy

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Pasha Malla

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Margaret Nowacyzk

Join us on December 12th at Theatre Aquarius!

Sponsorship of the annual Hamilton Literary Awards ensures 12 adjudicators are paid equitably, supports prize funds for awarded authors, strengthens outreach and promotion activities and supports program administration.

 

We are currently accepting interest in sponsorship opportunities! Review our Sponsorship Package to review all of the benefits. Current Sponsors include:

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Epic Books

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A Different Drummer Books

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The Village of Wentworth Heights

Ojistoh Publishing Productions

Contact our Program Coordinator, Megan, via email: megan@hamiltonartscouncil.ca, with any questions or interest in Sponsorship.

The Hamilton Literary Awards program priorities include:

  • building new audiences for authors in the Greater Hamilton Area and the Six Nations of the Grand River

  • creating pathways for authors to develop their professional networks

  • fostering and highlighting a diverse representation of authors, committee members, adjudicators, audiences, and host

  • increasing visibility of and access to the Hamilton Literary Awards

ELIGIBILITY & SUBMISSION CRITERIA

 

The submission period has closed for books published in the calendar year of 2021.

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

  • a published book of literary merit with an ISBN (International Standard Book Number)

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

  • published within the calendar year of 2021 

  • written by an author/co-authors residing in the Greater Hamilton Area (including: Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Waterdown) or the Six Nations of the Grand River for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months up to the time of the submission deadline

  • single-authored or co-authored (maximum two (2) authors, provided that both authors meet the residency requirement)

 

Author(s) must have an Artist/Creative account, accompanied by a visible public profile, on The Arty Crowd website. The Arty Crowd is free for Artists/Creatives of any practice.

 

All of the above criteria apply for submissions to be considered for the Kerry Schooley Book Award, with the exception that the author/co-authors may or may not be current residents of the GHA or the Six Nations of the Grand River, but will have lived here for a portion of their life.

 

Ineligible entries include:

  • translations

  • anthologies and books with works by more than two (2) authors

  • ghostwritten books

  • manuscripts

  • works in electronic format (epub, pdf, etc.)

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

  • reprints or re-publications of titles originally published at an earlier date

  • books submitted by elected representatives of the Greater Hamilton Area

  • books submitted by Hamilton Arts Council staff and volunteers

Submission of Entries

  • deadline for submissions is July 17, 2022. Late submissions will not be eligible for consideration

  • submissions are to be dropped off or postmarked on that date or earlier to: 240 Edgemont Street South, Hamilton, ON L8K 2J2

  • submissions must include four (4) copies of the submitted book in a single category, with an additional three (3) copies per subsequent category (for example, two (2) categories equates to seven (7) books). Submitted books will not be returned

  • submissions must be accompanied by an online application

Please note, that in order for each category to be awarded, a minimum of three (3) eligible submissions per category must be received. If this minimum is not reached, submissions received will be forwarded for consideration in the following year’s program.

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ADJUDICATION

A peer-review process is implemented to select the Literary Awards recipients in each category. A three (3)-person panel composed of writers and literary arts professionals review the books and assign an overall score out of ten (10), with accompanying feedback. A short-list of finalists and an award recipient is established based on cumulative scores.

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LOOKING AHEAD

The submission period for books published in the calendar year of 2022 will open in 2023. Additional information and timelines will be confirmed in the coming year. We look forward to opening the submission period for the 30th annual Hamilton Literary Awards! 

In the meantime, please direct any specific questions to our Program Coordinator, Megan: megan@hamiltonartscouncil.ca

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Kerry Schooley (1949-2010), was a Hamilton poet, publisher, editor, and noir-fiction writer. Among his many accolades, Schooley is credited with establishing LitLive, and assisting the Kairos Literacy Society and GritLIT Festival. He was an active member of Tower Poetry who modernized their presence on digital sites. Schooley authored and co-authored novels including: The Careless Cartoon Collection: Not Bad for an Old Bastard and Your Baggage Is in Buffalo: Selections from Hamilton’s New Writing.

 

He produced edited works such as Revenge: A Noir Anthology About Getting Even, Hard Boiled Love: An Anthology of Noir Love, and Iced: The New Noir Anthology of Cold, Hard Fiction.

Loved and admired by many, Kerry Schooley will be remembered as a creative influence in the literary world, attributed with literary excellence. For more information on Kerry Schooley, please visit the following websites: The Hamilton Spectator and Tower Poetry.

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Kerry Schooley (1949-2010). Image credits to Tower Poetry.

 
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About Kerry Schooley

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Discover the 2021 Category Finalists & Winners! 

The FINALISTS for the HAMILTON LITERARY AWARD for POETRY:

  • David Haskins for Blood Rises

  • Ross Belot for Moving to Climate Change Hours

  • Gary Barwin for For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe

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The FINALISTS for the HAMILTON LITERARY AWARD for NON-FICTION:

  • Amanda Leduc for Disfigured    

  • Dorothy Ellen Palmer for Falling For Myself

  • Jeffery Donaldson for Viaticum

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The FINALISTS for the HAMILTON LITERARY AWARD for FICTION:

  • Syliva Nickerson for Creation

  • Karen Quevillon for The Parasol Flower

  • Jennifer Maruno for Until Niagara Falls

  • Sally Cooper for With My Back to the World

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The FINALISTS for the KERRY SCHOOLEY BOOK AWARD:

  • Brent van Staalduinen for Boy

  • Ross Belot for Moving to Climate Change Hours

  • Jane Christmas for Open House: A Life in Thirty-Two Moves

  • Bruce Simpson for Paislee and the Talking Tree

  • Sally Cooper for With My Back to the World

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CONTACT

Additional information contact David, our Programs  & Community Engagement Coordinator at

 community@hamiltonartscouncil.ca