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CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF WORKS PUBLISHED IN 2021 

FOR THE 29TH ANNUAL HAMILTON LITERARY AWARDS

 

The Hamilton Literary Awards is an annual program presented by Hamilton Arts Council to recognize and celebrate published authors from the Greater Hamilton Area (GHA) and the Six Nations of the Grand River.

Awards are presented for books that demonstrate literary excellence in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry. 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 the surrounding area.

 

The Kerry Schooley Book Award is named in honour of the late Kerry J. Schooley who was a tireless advocate for literary arts in Hamilton. Learn more about Kerry Schooley here.

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

 

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

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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. Access the application by clicking the button below:

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.

A short-list of finalists will be announced in November 2022, with the recipients being announced at the Hamilton Literary Awards Ceremony in December. Details of the awards will be shared at a later date.

If you require accommodations with your submission to the Hamilton Literary Awards, please email administrator@hamiltonartscouncil.ca

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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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About Kerry Schooley

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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), courtesy of Tower Poetry

 

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