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ReLit (very) longlists announced

The Scotiabank Giller Prize was not the only Canadian literary award to release its longlist today. The annual ReLit Awards released its notoriously long longlists in each of the novel, short fiction, and poetry categories. The awards, founded by writer Kenneth J. Harvey and sporting the tagline “Ideas, not money,” are given to works published by independent houses in Canada. The winners in each category receive a specially crafted ReLit ring.

The longlists in full:


  • Edem Awumey; Lazer Lederhendler, trans., Dirty Feet (House of Anansi Press)
  • Rob Benvie, Maintenance (Coach House Books)
  • Catherine Black, A Hard Gold Thread (Guernica Editions)
  • Pan Bouyoucas, The Tattoo (Cormorant Books)
  • Tony Burgess, Idaho Winter (ECW Press)
  • R.D. Cain, Cherry Beach Express (ECW)
  • Dani Couture, Algoma (Invisible Publishing)
  • Richard Cumyn, Constance, Across (Quattro Books)
  • Farzana Doctor, Six Metres of Pavement (Dundurn Press)
  • Loren Edizel, Adrift (TSAR Publications)
  • Betty Jean Hegerat, The Boy (Oolichan Books)
  • Ashley Little, Prick (Tightrope Books)
  • Nicole Lundrigan, Glass Boys (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Robert W. Mackay, Soldier of the Horse (TouchWood Editions)
  • Catherine Mavrikakis, Flowers of Spit (BookThug)
  • Suzette Mayr, Monoceros (Coach House)
  • Arley McNeney, The Time We All Went Marching (Goose Lane Editions)
  • Michael Mirolla, The Ballad of Martin B. (Quattro)
  • Michael Murphy, Description of the Blazing World (Freehand Books)
  • Rosemary Nixon, Kalila (Goose Lane)
  • B.W. Powe, These Shadows Remain (Guernica)
  • Jan Rehner, Missing Matisse (Inanna)
  • Tom Reynolds, Break Me (Quattro)
  • Edward Riche, Easy to Like (Anansi)
  • Leo Brent Robillard, Drift (Turnstone Press)
  • Stan Rogal, Bloodline (Insomniac Press)
  • Stuart Ross, Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew (ECW)
  • Marko Sijan, Mongrel (Mansfield Press)
  • Ken Sparling, Intention/Implication/Wind (Pedlar Press)
  • Charles Tidler, Hard Hed (Anvil Press)
  • Morgan Wade, The Last Stoic (Hidden Brook Press)

Short Fiction:

  • Tom Abray, Pollen (DC Books)
  • Carolyn Black, The Odious Child (Nightwood Editions)
  • Tim Conley, Nothing Could Be Further (Emmerson Street Press)
  • Matthew Firth, Shag Carpet Action (Anvil)
  • Daniel Griffin, Stopping for Strangers (Esplanade Editions)
  • Jesus Hardwell, Easy Living (Exile Editions)
  • Britt Holmström, Leaving Berlin (Thistledown)
  • Greg Kearney, Pretty (Exile)
  • Jim Nason, The Girl on the Escalator (Tightrope)
  • Darcy Rhyno, Holidays (Borealis Press)
  • Rolli, God’s Autobio (Now or Never Publishing)
  • Mike Spry, Distillery Songs (Insomniac)
  • David Thompson, Talking at the Woodpile (Caitlin)
  • Jessica Westhead, And Also Sharks (Cormorant)
  • David Whitton, The Reverse Cowgirl (Freehand)


  • John Mikhail Asfour, Blindfold (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • Ken Babstock, Methodist Hatchet (Anansi)
  • Marsha Barber, What is the Sound of Someone Unravelling (Borealis)
  • Jonathan Bennett, Civil and Civic (ECW)
  • Linda Besner, The Id Kid (Signal Editions)
  • Michael Blouin, Wore Down Trust (Pedlar)
  • Stephanie Bolster, A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth (Brick Books)
  • Mark Callanan, Gift Horse (Signal)
  • Sam Cheuk, Love Figures (Insomniac)
  • George Elliott Clarke, Red (Gaspereau Press)
  • Méira Cook, A Walker in the City (Brick)
  • Barry Dempster, Dying a Little (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Desi di Nardo, The Cure is a Forest (Guernica)
  • Lise Downe, This Way (BookThug)
  • Kristy Elliot, True (Leaf Press)
  • Linda Frank, Insomniac Blues (Buschek)
  • Kevin McPherson Eckhoff, Easy Peasy (Snare Books)
  • Gabe Foreman, A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People (Coach House)
  • Patrick Friesen, Jumping in the Asylum (Quattro)
  • Helen Guri, Match (Coach House)
  • Cornelia Hoogland, Crow (Black Moss Press)
  • Cornelia Hoogland, Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Joy Hiemstra-van der Horst, Apologetic for Joy (Goose Lane)
  • Joel Thomas Hynes, Straight Razor Days (Pedlar)
  • Luciano Iacobelli, Book of Disorders (Quattro)
  • Sean Johnston, The Ditch Was Lit Like This (Thistledown Press)
  • Jim Johnstone, Sunday, the Locusts (Tightrope)
  • Jake Kennedy, Appolinaire’s Speech to the War Medic (BookThug)
  • Leigh Kotsilidis, Hypotheticals (Coach House)
  • Richard Krueger, The Monotony of Fatal Accidents (BookThug)
  • Anita Lahey, Spinning Side Kick (Signal)
  • G.P. Lainsbury, Versions of North (Caitlin)
  • Patrick Lane, The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane (Harbour Publishing)
  • JonArno Lawson, There Devil, Eat That (Pedlar)
  • Shelley A. Leedhal, Wretched Beast (Buschek Books)
  • Douglas Livingston, Myoclonus (Emmerson Street)
  • David McGimpsey, L’il Bastard (Coach House)
  • Christian McPherson, The Sun Has Forgotten Where I Live (Now or Never)
  • Kathryn Mockler, Onion Man (Tightrope)
  • Karen Mulhallen, The Pillow Books (Black Moss)
  • Jim Nason, Narcissus Unfolding (Frontenac House)
  • Jude Neale, Only the Fallen Can See (Leaf Press)
  • Lillian Necakov, Hooligans (Mansfield)
  • Ruth Roach Pierson, Contrary (Tightrope)
  • Adam Pottle, Beautiful Mutants (Caitlin)
  • Shane Rhodes, Err (Nightwood)
  • Giovanna Riccio, Strong Bread (Quattro)
  • Robin Richardson, Grunt of the Minotaur (Insomniac)
  • Sandra Ridley, Post-Apothecary (Pedlar)
  • Stan Rogal, Dance, Monster! (Insomniac)
  • Ann Scowcroft, The Truth of Houses (Brick)
  • Steven Ross Smith, Fluttertongue 5 (Turnstone Press)
  • Robert Earl Stewart, Campfire Radio Rhapsody (Mansfield)
  • Cathy Stonehouse, Grace Shiver (Inanna)
  • Todd Swift, England Is Mine (DC Books)
  • Gillian Sze, The Anatomy of Clay (ECW)
  • Bruce Taylor, No End in Strangeness (Cormorant)
  • Nick Thran, Earworm (Nightwood)
  • Carey Toane, The Crystal Palace (Mansfield)
  • Lesley Trites, Echoic Mimic (Snare)
  • Yi-Mei Tsiang, Sweet Devilry (Oolichan)
  • Ursula Vaira, And See What Happens (Caitlin Press)
  • Leslie Vryenhoek, Gulf (Oolichan)
  • Elana Wolff, Startled Night (Guernica)
  • Jan Zwicky, Forge (Gaspereau)


September 4th, 2012

11:37 am

Category: Awards

Tagged with: Awards, ReLit Awards