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Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing

Awards to Canada Authors for Newly Published
Books that Address Contemporary Political Issues

GrantWatch ID#: 174284
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Writers' Trust (WT) of Canada

11/22/17 - For books published between September 13, 2017 and December 31, 2017

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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.

-Winner: $25,000
-Finalists: $2,500

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.

Eligibility Criteria:

-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, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Books that are not yet in published form by the final deadline of November 22, 2017 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, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

-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.

All publishers of original manuscripts may enter two books by Canadian authors; companies publishing more than ten eligible nonfiction titles during the 2017 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 schedule for submissions is tied to publication dates as follows:

Deadline 1: July 5
-For books published between January 1, 2017 and July 4, 2017.

Deadline 2: September 13
-For books published between July 5, 2017 and September 12, 2017.

Deadline 3: November 22
-For books published between September 13, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

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.

The list of finalist authors will be announced in early 2018. The award will be presented four to six weeks later in Ottawa at Politics and the Pen, an annual Writers' Trust fundraising dinner.

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:
http://www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Shaughnessy-Cohen-Prize-for-Political-Writing/Prize-Guidelines.aspx

Amanda Hopkins, Program Manager
416-504-8222 x242 /1-877-906-6548 x242 (Toll Free)
ahopkins@writerstrust.com

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Writers’ Trust of Canada
600 - 460 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON M5C 1P1

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