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Koffler Centre’s awards for Canadian Jewish literature return


The Koffler Centre for the Arts, the Toronto-based Jewish cultural organization, has re-launched its annual awards for Canadian Jewish literature, which took a hiatus last year for “re-framing” after the jury’s hesitation to accept proposed changes following the expiration of a key sponsorship deal. The Lillian and Norman Glowinsky Family Foundation will continue its support of the awards, along with new media partner the National Post.

Formerly the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards, the prize has been rebranded as the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature, and offers $10,000 in each of four categories – fiction, non-fiction, history, and young adult – with a $10,000 poetry award every three years.

This year, both print and digital titles published in 2014 and 2015 will be accepted by the submission deadline of June 3. Graphic novels, digital storytelling, and “a variety of of media” will be accepted. The shortlists will be announced in August, and the winners in the fall.