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Canada’s Self-Publishing Awards shortlists announced

Finalists for the first self-publishing awards in Canada, the Blurb Inc. Creation of Stories: Canada’s Self-Publishing Awards, were revealed today.

Six authors in each of three categories− adult, young adult, and books for children− were chosen from 300 submissions. Prize recipients will be announced at the Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair on Nov. 16 and awarded a total of $50,000 in prizes including Blurb marketing campaigns and 100 free printed copies of each winning title. Shortlisted authors are eligible for a $1,000 People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public at www.artandsocialchange.ca/awards.

The finalists are as follows:

Adult Audience category

  • Elaine Cougler, The Loyalist’s Wife
  • Liliana Daminato, Brush Before Brain
  • Robert Muir, The Dive
  • Jason Savedoff, Ad Lucem: The Art of a Felon
  • Andy Stanleigh, Hobson’s Gate: Trauma
  • Heather Wardell, Everybody’s Got a Story

Young Adult Audience category (age 12−18)

  • Katrina Archer, Untalented
  • Julie Hall, Keep Quiet
  • Julie Hockley, Scare Crow
  • Heather Anne Hunter, Ravi’s Revenge
  • Clare C. Marshall, Dreams in her Head
  • Michael F. Stewart, Assured Destruction: Script Kiddie

Books for Children category (age 11 and under)

  • Samantha Arnold, Two Boxes
  • Rachel Colley, The Little Man with the Big Beard and the Big Heart
  • Madeline Neff, Little Penguin’s Big Adventure
  • Liz Richardson; Brandy Schell, illus.; Sugg
  • Michelle Simpson, Monsters in my House
  • Barbara Torpey-Kirner, Grammy is a Golfer

Winners will be chosen by a panel of authors comprising Rosemary Aubert and Karen Connelly for the adult category, Richard Scrimger and Emily Pohl-Weary for YA, and Helaine Becker, joined by Rainbow Caterpiller Bookshop co-owner Hanoosh Abbasi, for the children’s category.