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Writers' Trust (WT) of Canada
11/28/18 - For books published between June 20, 2018 and September 18, 2018.
Prizes of $2,500 and one prize of $25,000 to Canada authors for outstanding works of literary nonfiction that reflect a political topic of relevance to Canadian audiences. The purpose of these awards is to recognize books that have the potential to influence and shape thinking on contemporary Canadian political life.
The winning work combines compelling new insights with depth of research and significant literary merit. All finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and analysis. The prize particularly values books which provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the practice of Canadian politics, its players, or its principles. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $2,500 will be awarded to each of the finalists.
GrantWatch ID#: 174284
The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles.
In the event of a translation winning the prize, it will be divided as follows: $18,750 to the author, $6,250 to the translator.
-Publishers should note that the prize is for literary excellence; they should only submit books they deem outstanding in this regard. Books that are strictly hagiography or political advocacy or which fail to illuminate political trends or issues are unlikely to be shortlisted.
-Titles must be published in Canada between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Books that are not yet in published form by the final deadline of November 28, 2018 may be submitted as bound galleys.
-Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Previous publication in another country does not disqualify a book.
-Translations from other languages into English are eligible and will be considered in the year in which the English translation is published. In the event of a translation winning the prize, it will be divided as follows: $18,750 to the author, $6,250 to the translator.
-To be eligible, publishing houses must have a professional editorial process independent from the authors whose books are submitted for consideration. They must not charge authors for publishing their works.
-All books must have an ISBN number and be available in Canadian bookstores for some duration between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.
-Titles may be single-authored or co-authored. multi-authored collections, anthologies, and conference proceedings are not eligible.
-Self-published books are not eligible.
-Ghostwritten books are not eligible.
-No more than 20% of the manuscript can have previously been published in book form.
-Books whose author was deceased at the time of publication are not eligible.
The schedule for submissions is tied to publication dates as follows:
Deadline 1: June 20
For books published between January 1, 2018 and June 19, 2018
Deadline 2: September 19
For books published between June 20, 2018 and September 18, 2018
Deadline 3: November 28
For books published between September 19, 2018 and December 31, 2018
Publishers are strongly encouraged to submit books prior to the deadlines. Submissions upon release of titles are appreciated. If a publisher, for any reason whatsoever, feels they cannot submit titles in accordance with the above schedule it is requested that they contact the Program Manager to discuss alternate arrangements or the possibility of an extension.
All publishers of original manuscripts may enter two books by Canadian authors; companies publishing more than ten eligible nonfiction titles during the 2018 calendar year may add one book for every additional ten eligible books (or fraction thereof) on their nonfiction list, up to a maximum of five.
The list of finalist authors will be announced in early 2019. The award will be presented four to six weeks later in Ottawa at Politics and the Pen, an annual Writers' Trust fundraising dinner.
The following Required Materials must be submitted by the final deadline on November 28, 2018:
-Five copies of each eligible title in book form; or three bound galleys, with at least two copies of the finished book to be received by the Writers’ Trust upon publication.
-A Shaughnessy Cohen Prize online submission form listing all submitted titles and planned submissions. The form can be found at the bottom of this page. We do not require a paper copy of the form.
-A list of all titles published during the calendar year on which that publisher’s eligibility is based, including authors, titles, and dates of publication.
-Electronic images of the author and book cover suitable for reproduction in print materials.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
The submission form may be found at the bottom of the following webpage:
Send submissions to:
Amanda Hopkins, Program Manager
Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Writers’ Trust of Canada
600 - 460 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1Y1
Amanda Hopkins, Program Manager
416-504-8222 x242 /1-877-906-6548 x242 (Toll Free)
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