• The Church in the Wildwood Shortlisted for Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

    Fourth Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist Announced

    Canada’s hottest new books have been selected in three genres: Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction and Mystery.


    Toronto, ON May 1st 2018 – Rakuten Kobo, in search for the best new books written by debut Canadian authors, today announced the shortlist for its fourth annual Emerging Writer Prize. The award was created with the goal of kick-starting the careers of debut authors, with a $10,000 CAD cash prize awarded to a book in each of three categories: Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Genre Fiction (Mystery this year). In addition, each winning author will receive promotional, marketing, and communications support through 2018.

    The 2018 shortlist, selected by Kobo’s team of booksellers and booklovers—with book completion rates, customer ratings and reviews considered—comprises six books from each genre. The shortlist will now move on to the final selection process led by top Canadian authors: Lori Lansens for Literary Fiction, Jay Ingram for Non-Fiction and Linwood Barclay for Mystery. The winners will be announced on the evening of June 19th, 2018.

    Literary Fiction List
    The Church In The Wildwood by Alanna Rusnak - Alanna Rusnak Publishing
    Death and the Intern by Jeremy Hanson-Finger - Invisible Publishing
    American War by Omar El Akkad - McClelland & Stewart
    Uncertain Weights and Measures by Jocelyn Parr - Goose Lane Editions
    The Last Wave by Gillian Best - House of Anansi Press
    Dominion by Shane Arbuthnott - Orca Book Publishers

    See the full list of nominees here.

    Press release provided by Rakuten Kobo - read the full release here.


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