Nominating or submitting work for an award?

Note that there are three different sets of award categories (as opposed to genres) administered by the association, and each of the three have completely different criteria, deadlines, guidelines, entry fees and entry forms. They are as follows:

• Canadian Authors General Literary Awards (Fiction, Canadian History, and Poetry) – open to all Canadian citizens or permanent residents

• Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award (for a body of work of any genre) – nominees must be under 30 years of age as well as Canadian Citizens or permanent residents

• Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Book Award (for a book of any genre) – open exclusively to members of Canadian Authors in good standing

The details for each of the above-listed award categories follow below.

 

General Literary Awards

1. Review the information below to see if your submission qualifies.

2. Note that both publishers and authors may submit for an award. If you are an author, please check with your publisher before submitting your book – double submissions do not increase your chances. (Self-published works are eligible; an ISBN is required.)

3. Download the related guidelines and entry forms.

4. Follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete or ineligible entries and their accompanying fees will not be returned.

Please note: At this time we are not accepting entries for ebooks. This will likely change for future years, but at present we do not have the infrastructure in place.

Fiction

For: a full-length novel published in 2016
Prize: $1000
Deadline: January 31, 2017 (postmarked or delivered by)
Entry Fee: $40

Canadian History

For: a work of historical nonfiction on a Canadian topic published in 2016
Prize: $1000
Deadline: January 31, 2017 (postmarked or delivered by)
Entry Fee: $40

Poetry

For: a volume of poetry by one poet published in 2016
Prize: $1000
Deadline: January 31, 2017 (postmarked or delivered by)
Entry Fee: $40

Criteria for the General Literary Awards

• The entry must have been first published in 2016.

• Publication may have taken place outside Canada, but the author must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

• Entries must be full-length English-language literature for adults written by a single author. (Exception: books co-written by two or more authors are permissible in the Fiction and Canadian History categories.)

• Collections of stories or articles are not eligible, whether they are by a single author or by a group of authors.

• The author must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

• Entrants are not eligible to win a prize for the same category two years in a row. (Previous winners may submit entries to any of the other Canadian Authors Association Literary Award categories.)

• Reprints, translations, and posthumous entries are not eligible.

• Authors do not need to be members of the association to be eligible.

• Books that are published by independent publishers or self-published are eligible as long as they have an ISBN.

Download the CAA 2017 Lit Awards guidelines-adult
Download the CAA 2017 Awards entry form-adult

 

Emerging Writer Award

For: a Canadian writer under 30 deemed to show exceptional promise in the field of literary creation
Prize: $500
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $25 (new)

Criteria for the Emerging Writer Award

• The entry must have been first published in 2016. (Publication may have taken place outside Canada.

• Entries must be full-length English-language literature for adults written by a single author or co-written by two or more authors.

• Collections of stories or articles are not eligible, whether they are by a single author or by a group of authors. There are no restrictions as to the genre, and a writer may be selected based on a body of work in a variety of forms, or on a body of work in a single genre or writing form.

• The author must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

• Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations may be made solely through Canadian Authors Association branches, other writing and arts organizations, publishers, agents, and creative writing coaches, teachers or professors at public or private schools and universities.

• Entrants are not eligible to win a prize for the same category two years in a row. (Previous winners may submit entries to any of the other Canadian Authors Association Literary Award categories.

• Book length publication is not required. Nominees must be under 30 years of age (as of May 30 in the year of the competition).

• Reprints, translations and posthumous entries are not eligible.

Download the CAA 2017 Lit Awards guidelines-emerging writer
Download the CAA 2017 Lit Awards nomination form-emerging writer

 

Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Book Award

For: a book of any genre by a member of Canadian Authors published in 2016
Prize: $400 and a complimentary one-year membership ($150 value)
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $30 per title entered

Criteria for the Fred Kerner Book Award

• Only current CAA members whose memberships are up-to-date are eligible for this award.

• Entries must be full-length English-language literature written by a single author or co-written by two or more authors.

• Books in all genres are eligible, as are self-published books; however, ebooks are not eligible at this time.

• Publication may have taken place outside Canada, but the author must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

• Entrants are not eligible to win a prize two years in a row.

• Reprints, translations and posthumous entries are not eligible.

Download the CAA 2017 Lit Awards guidelines-Fred Kerner
Download the CAA 2017 Lit awards entry form-Fred Kerner

 

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