News | 2010 | 1st Book Competition Long List Announced

1st Book Competition

The 1st Book Competition, a national literary competition sponsored by the Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University in celebration of its tenth anniversary (which I happen to be coordinating), has selected our long list of manuscripts from over 200 entries. They are:


Creative Nonfiction

  • Myrl Coulter, Birthmother (Edmonton, AB)
  • Nadine DeLisle, Mother of a Son (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Laura Fee, Clear Margins (Vancouver, BC)
  • John Goossens, To Lain Roads (Dartmouth, NS)
  • Jesse Kaellis, Early Out (New Westminster, BC)
  • Janice Redford, Remember the Lilac (Garibaldi Highlands, BC)
  • Hollie Smith, Evolution of a Scallywag: Crazy for Carcross (Surrey, BC)
  • Lisa Smith, Our Friend Joe (Vancouver, BC)
  • Ayelet Tsabari, You and What Army (Toronto, ON)


  • Jackie Bateman, Nondescript Rambunctious (Vancouver, BC)
  • Megan Findlay, Lockburn Steady (Ottawa, ON)
  • Bruce Johnston, Sandorsen's Penumbra (Surrey, BC)
  • Linda McNamara, Loon Song (Minden, ON)
  • Kathleen Miller, Travellers at the Pass (Royston, BC)
  • Kathy Para, Testament (Gibsons, BC)
  • Jana Rieger, A Course in Deception (Edmonton, AB)
  • Cecile Ryder, The Giraffe and Other Stories (North Vancouver, BC)
  • Mark Victor Young, Henry on the Fifth (London, ON)


  • Lawrence Feuchtwanger, Nostoi: Fragments (Vancouver, BC)
  • Sheenak Gillies, Under the Influence (Vancouver, BC)
  • Aisha Sasha John, The Shining Material (Toronto, ON)
  • Leah Laxdal, Apron Bee (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Jane Mellor, Tunes Over-Easy: A Book of Poetry and Lyric Prose (San Francisco, CA)
  • Sheila Rosen, The Whole Shebang (Burnaby, BC)
  • Deena Shaffer, The Grey Tote (Toronto, ON)
  • Rachel Thompson, Galaxy (Vancouver, BC)
  • Ella Zeltserman, By Plane (Edmonton, AB)

The three winning book-length manuscripts written by Canadian writers who've never before published a book will be published by Vancouver's Anvil Press in 2011. The winners will be announced October 24, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. in Waterfront Theatre as part of the emerge launch with the Vancouver International Writers Festival.

The contest judges are Mark Anthony Jarman for fiction; Karen Connelly for creative nonfiction; and Gregory Scofield for poetry.

Congratulations to all of our long-listed authors!

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