The special edition of the annual prize will focus on emerging Black Canadian writers.
The event presented four awards: the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers in both the short fiction and poetry categories, the Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for short fiction, and the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers.
Kids and teen books by Kenneth Oppel, Mariko Tamaki, Danny Ramadan, Zalika Reid-Benta and more will be read and voted on by students in Ontario.
Maria Reva’s debut short-story collection Good Citizens Need Not Fear and Michelle Good’s debut novel Five Little Indians were both finalists for the $50,000 prize.
The award recognizes non-fiction works by Ontario authors that reflect the province’s culture and history.
The winner of the $100,000 prize will be announced Nov. 9 on CBC in a presentation hosted by actor Eric McCormack.
Alongside Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel and Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians were two books Tupholme edited herself: Thomas King’s Indians on Vacation and Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars.
The organization noted in a release that the $60,000 prize is the only one which will acknowledge general literary nonfiction writing in Canada this year.