Founded by Newfoundland writer Kenneth J. Harvey, "Canada's ReLit Award--founded to acknowledge the best new work released by independent publishers--may not come with a purse, but it brings a welcome, back-to-the-books focus to the craft," says Amazon.com.
The Globe and Mail calls The ReLit Award, “The country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses.”
Shortlist due Aug. 31st, with the winners to be declared end of October, if 2010 is anything to go by.
Given annually in three genres--novel, poetry, and short fiction--the website says "winners receive the ReLit Ring, which features four moveable dials, each one struck with the entire alphabet, for spelling words."
Kenneth J. Harvey has won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the Winterset Award, Italy's Libro Del Mare, and has been nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and twice for both the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. His latest book is the novel Reinventing the Rose, which The National Post called, "profoundly entertaining."
Congratulations to all the other writers named, and to Exile Editions, whose writers Anthony DiNardo, Priscila Uppal, and Meaghan Strimas were named in poetry, with Jon Papernick also longlisted for short fiction.