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Lisa Bird-Wilson, Brian Thomas Isaac, and Conor Kerr among finalists for the 46th annual First Novel Award

The finalists for the annual Amazon Canada First Novel Award for the best debut novel by a Canadian author have been revealed:

The winner will be awarded $60,000, and each of the six finalists will receive $6,000. This year’s panel of judges is composed of Suzette Mayr, Casey Plett, David A. Robertson, and Joshua Whitehead.

Simultaneously, this year’s finalists for the Youth Short Story Category – now in it its fifth year – were announced.

The finalists were selected from short story submissions by writers ages 13 to 17. The winner receives $5,000 and a mentorship lunch with editors of The Walrus.

  • Annabel Li, “What About the Wild Things?”
  • Danielle Lopez, “The Leaf and the Ivy Vine”
  • Caitlin Mah, “Mei-Ying, The Heavens Are Crying”
  • Bohmie Song, “Lilacs Grow Green”
  • Cassie Thompson, “Fear Bright Eyes”
  • Celeste Trealout, “A Rose Once Grew Here”

Prize winners in both categories will be announced June 1 at a live event in Toronto.