Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Call for Submissions: Hamilton Literary Awards

The Hamilton Arts Council (HAC) is accepting submissions for the 28th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards for literary works published in either 2019 or 2020.

The Hamilton Literary Awards is an annual event to recognize and celebrate the best of our region’s published authors. The Awards are presented to books of outstanding merit and quality in the categories of Fiction, Poetry and Non-fiction by authors residing in Hamilton, Hamilton Region and on the Six Nations of the Grand River. The Hamilton Literary Awards also include the Kerry Schooley Book Award to be given to the book that is most evocative of the City of Hamilton and/or surrounding area.

The Kerry Schooley Book Award, named in honour of the late Kerry Schooley, recognizes those books that celebrate and are most evocative of the city of Hamilton. Schooley was himself a well-known Hamilton poet, teacher, publisher, editor and noir-fiction writer but passed away in 2010. Born in this city, he was heartened by the growth of the arts community and was a cornerstone of the Hamilton Literary scene.

The extended opportunity of the call to include books published in both 2019 and 2020 is a direct response to the ongoing pandemic that threatens to further impact Canadian bookstores and publishers, both large and small.

“It was strongly felt that many wonderful works published in 2019 were missed in the 2020 call for submissions, due to the overwhelming circumstances created by the initial wave of COVID-19” says HAC officer David Hudson. “We hope to afford all eligible entries an opportunity to shine as the awards continue to champion support for Hamilton’s local authors, publishers, and booksellers.”

HAC is accepting eligible entries for the 28th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards until July 18, 2021.

For eligibility, guidelines, and submission information, please visit: www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/literary-awards

Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Arts Council.

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