The ReLit Awards, which celebrate Canadian literature published by independent presses, have released their three annual "long shortlists."
Forty-eight books of fiction, short fiction and poetry make up the three shortlists for the 2016 prize. Anakana Schofield's Martin John, a finalist for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize, is among the nominees in the novel category.
Here are the finalists of the ReLit Award for best novel:
Here are the finalists of the ReLit Award for best poetry collection:
- Foreign Park by Jeff Steudel
- Asbestos Heights by David McGimpsey
- Dear Leader by Damian Rogers
- Rotten Perfect Mouth by Eva H.D.
- Monologue Dogs by Meira Cook
- Collected Poems by Al Pittman
- The World We Invented by Carolyn Marie Souaid
- No Work Finished Here by Liz Worth
- Exquisite Monsters by K.I. Press
- Last Stop, Lonesome Town by Tara Azzopardi
- Love Me Tender by Nick Papaxanthos
- Keeping Watch at the End of the World by Harry Thurston
- Transmitter and Receiver by Raoul Fernandes
- Bodymap by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
- The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl by Sue Goyette
- Fauxccasional Poems by Daniel Scott Tysdal
Here are the finalists of the ReLit Award for best short fiction:
- A Gentle Habit by Cherie Dimaline
- Pauls by Jess Taylor
- Welcome to the Circus by Rhonda Douglas
- Swing in the House by Anita Anand
- Meticulous, Sad and Lonely by Ian Roy
- Lessons from a Nude Man by Donna Besel
- Moving Parts by Lana Pesch
- Debris by Kevin Hardcastle
- Last Words by Hugh Graham
- Bad Day for Ralphie by Jim Christy
- I Am What I Am Because You Are What You Are by Carole Glasser Langille
- Knife Party at the Hotel Europa by Mark Anthony Jarman
- Confidence by Russell Smith
- Dance Moves of the Near Future by Tim Conley
- Night Moves by Richard Van Camp
- The Little Washer of Sorrows by Katherine Fawcett
The winners of the 2015 prize were The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman, MxT by Sina Queyras and Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome by Megan Gail Coles.
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