ReLit Awards announce 2015 "long shortlist"

relit-awards.jpgFrom left to right: Jon Paul Fiorentino (Rachael Simpson/, Lee Maracle, Ken Babstock (Canadian Press).

The ReLit Awards have unveiled their 2015 long shortlists in three categories: novel, poetry and short fiction.

The prize is awarded to the best of Canadian literature published by independent presses. To be eligible, authors must be Canadian and they must have written the nominated book while living in the country.

The winners of each category will be announced in mid-January. Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which is comprised of four moveable dials that each have the alphabet engraved on them. The ring was designed by Newfoundland jewellery designer Christopher Kearney.

Here are the titles long-shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award:

Category: Novel

North East by Wendy McGrath 
Motion Sickness by Ursula Pflug
Pedal by Chelsea Rooney
Savour by Jackie Bateman
Celia's Song by Lee Maracle
Walt by Russell Wangersky
Polyamorous Love Song by Jacob Wren
Jazz by Elizabeth Copeland
Motherwild by Ken Rivard
Just Beneath My Skin by Darren Greer
My Grandmother's Pill by Lisa Pike
Hysteric by Nelly Arcan
The Green Hotel by Jesse Gilmour
The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman
New Tab by Guillaume Morissette
Bunny and Shark by Alisha Piercy
Barker by Wayne Tefs
The First Principles of Dreaming by Beth Goobie
Carafola by Christine Miscione
Universal Bureau of Copyrights by Bertrand Laverdure
Mr. Jones by Margaret Sweatman

Category: Poetry

On Malice by Ken Babstock
Easy Fix by Blair Trewartha
Mavor's Bones by Rolli
Yaw by Dani Couture
Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths by Susan Paddon
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women by Sheri-D Wilson
Broom Broom by Brecken Hancock
When We Were Old by Peter Unwin
House Dreams by Deanna Young
After Words by Stan Rogel
School by Jen Currin
In the Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci by Jeffrey Round
The Scarborough by Michael Lista
M x T by Sina Queyras
Thou by Aisha Sasha
Poems Suitable to Current Material Conditions by Frank Davey

Category: Short Fiction

What I Want to Tell Goes Like This by Matt Rader
Hello, Sweetheart by Elaine McCluskey
Boundary Problems by Greg Bechtel
I Am Currently Working on a Novel by Rolli
The Gift of Women by George McWhirter
I'm Not Scared of You or Anything by Jon Paul Fiorentino
We Don't Listen to Them by Sean Johnston
Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page
Some Extremely Boring Drives by Marguerite Pigeon
How You Were Born by Kate Cayley
Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall
By the Book by Diane Schoemperlen

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