HAMILTON LITERARY AWARDS

CELEBRATING 28 YEARS OF HAMILTON STORYTELLING!

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The Hamilton Literary Awards is an annual event with the goal of recognizing and celebrating the best of our region’s published authors.  The Awards are presented for books of outstanding merit and quality in the categories of Fiction, Poetry and Non-fiction by authors residing in Hamilton, Hamilton Region and on the Six Nations of the Grand River. 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.

2020 POETRY WINNER:

Marilyn Gear Pilling

The Gods of East Wawanosh

2020 FICTION WINNER:

Michael Mirolla

The Last News Vendor

2020 NON-FICTION & KERRY SCHOOLEY AWARD WINNER:

Anne Bokma

My Year of Living Spiritually

If you are interested in submitting to the 28th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards, please review the guidelines below! 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: JULY 18, 2021

SUBMISSION 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 within the previous calendar years, 2019 or 2020

  • written by an author residing in the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Region or on the Six Nations a minimum of 12 consecutive months up to the time of the award submission deadline and/or book publication 

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

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 within the previous calendar years, 2019 or 2020

  • written by an author who has resided in Hamilton for a portion of their life, who 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:

  • Re-submissions of 2019 publications

  • 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 electronic format (epub, pdf, etc)

  • 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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Hamilton Arts Council staff are currently working remotely. 
    Please email community@hamiltonartscouncil.ca to request details for mailing/delivery.

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

  • Please submit four (4) copies of your work. Please include three (3) additional copies per additional category entered. (Please note that books will not be returned)

  • Entries may be submitted to multiple categories where applicable. (i.e. Non-Fiction & Kerry Schooley) Please submit four (4) copies PER category entered.

  • 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: JULY 18, 2021

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 awarded by a jury  consisting 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/November 2021.
The names of award winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony in December 2021/January 2022.

CONTACT

Additional information contact David, our Community Engagement Officer at

905.481.3218 or community@hamiltonartscouncil.ca for further information.