HAMILTON LITERARY AWARDS

CELEBRATING 27 YEARS OF HAMILTON STORYTELLING!

The Hamilton Literary Awards are an annual literary event with the goal of recognizing and celebrating the best of Hamilton’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, Hamilton Region and on the Six Nations. 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.

HAMILTON LITERARY AWARDS 2020 - GUIDELINES & ELIGIBILITY

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 (2019)

  • written by an author residing in the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Region or on the Six Nations

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

Residency Requirements: authors must live in the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Region or on the Six Nations 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 (2019)

  • written by an author who has resided in Hamilton for a significant 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:

  • 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

 

 


Entries may be submitted to multiple categories where applicable. (i.e. Non-Fiction & Kerry Schooley)

Please submit five (5) 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 OF ENTRIES:

*EXTENSION*  JULY 31, 2020 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.

Please contact David Hudson (community@hamiltonartscouncil.ca) to find out where to mail submissions, as our office is closed.

*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/November 2020.

The names of award winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony in December 2020.

 

Additional information:

David Hudson, Community Engagement Officer

905.481.3218 or community@hamiltonartscouncil.ca

The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners for the 26th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards:

POETRY
Julie McIsaac for We Like Feelings. We Are Serious.

Darrell Epp for Sinner’s Dance *WINNER*
Linda Frank for Divided

 

 



NON-FICTION
Sky Gilbert for small things *WINNER*
Stefan W. C Gnys for FIRST KILLS: The Illustrated Biography of Fighter Pilot Wladyslaw Gnys
John Terpstra for Daylighting Chedoke

 

 

 

 


FICTION
Anna Chatterton for Quiver
Margaret Lindsay Holton for Trillium

Sylvia McNicoll for Body Swap *WINNER*

THE KERRY SCHOOLEY AWARD
Liz Harmer for The Amateurs

John Terpstra for Daylighting Chedoke *WINNER*
Scott Thornley for Vantage Point

 

 

 



This year's winners were announced on Monday, December 9th, 2019 at a gala event taking place in the

 Norman and Louise Haac Studio Theatre at Theatre Aquarius


 

 

 

 


Awards’ Sponsors include: Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. (Poetry), Different Drummer Books (Non-Fiction),
PV&V Insurance Centre Ltd (Kerry Schooley Book Award), and Epic Books (Fiction)

 

 

 

 

 

 


We gratefully acknowledge our event sponsors:

Wolsak & Wynn, Get Lit, Mixed Media/King W. Books, Dundurn Market, and Pine Street Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our MC for the evening was CBC Radio host Jeff Goodes

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