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.
The award, which is presented by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization, is presented to someone whose work has advocated for Canada’s small literary presses.