The City of Calgary W.O Mitchell Book Prize, named after the late Calgary author, has announced the three finalist of the annual award for a book written in the previous year. (CBC)

A musical odyssey, a book of prairie poetry, and a personal story of a writer's mother — those are the three works nominated for the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize this year.

The City of Calgary announced the short list on Wednesday:

  • Glenn Dixon for Tripping the World Fantastic (Dundurn).
  • Juleta Severson-Baker for Incarnate (Frontenac House).
  • Tyler Trafford for Almost a Great Escape: A Found Story (Goose Lane Editions).

Dixon is an author, musician and documentary filmmaker. His book Tripping the World Fantastic takes readers on a journey searching for the origin of the world's music.

Juleta Severson-Baker teaches poetry and performance at Mount Royal University. Incarnate is a collection of poetry rooted in the Prairie landscapes. 

And in Almost a Great Escape: A Found Story, journalist and writer Tyler Trafford reconstructs the extraordinary life of his mother from her Montreal childhood to her love affair with a Norwegian war prisoner in the early 1940s. 

The city established the prize in honour of the late Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell to recognize the literary achievements of local authors. 

The $5,000 award is administered in partnership with the Writers Guild of Alberta. A three-person jury judges all the entries and selects a winner.  

The prize will be handed out on June 11 as part of The Calgary Awards.