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1st Book Competition

As coordinator of SFU's 1st Book Competition, I get the pleasure of announcing the winners at the Vancouver International Writers Festival this Sunday. Until then, here's the short list, as determined by our judges Mark Anthony Jarman, Karen Connelly, and Gregory Scofield. Of the 200 manuscripts we received, the titles below were among the highest rated by our reviewers, and our judges have indicated their decision was a difficult one.

Creative Nonfiction

  • Myrl Coulter, Birthmother (Edmonton, AB)
  • Jesse Kaellis, Early Out (New Westminster, BC) - withdrawn
  • Lisa Smith, Our Friend Joe (Vancouver, BC)
  • Ayelet Tsabari, You and What Army (Toronto, ON)


  • Jackie Bateman, Nondescript Rambunctious (Vancouver, BC)
  • Kathleen Miller, Travellers at the Pass (Royston, BC)
  • Kathy Para, Testament (Gibsons, BC)
  • Cecile Ryder, The Giraffe and Other Stories (North Vancouver, BC)


  • Sheenak Gillies, Under the Influence (Vancouver, BC)
  • Leah Laxdal, Apron Bee (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Rachel Thompson, Galaxy (Vancouver, BC)
  • Ella Zeltserman, By Plane (Edmonton, AB)


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