The finalists for the annual Amazon Canada First Novel Award for the best debut novel by a Canadian author have been revealed:
- Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin (Atria)
- Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson (Penguin Random House Canada/Doubleday Canada)
- Ghost Forest by Pik-Shuen Fung (Strange Light)
- All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac (TouchWood Editions/Brindle & Glass)
- Avenue of Champions by Conor Kerr (Nightwood Editions)
- We, Jane by Aimee Wall (Book*hug Press)
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.