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38 books shortlisted for 2021 ReLit Awards

The ReLit Awards honour the best Canadian books published by independent presses. The 2021 winners will be revealed on Friday, April 23, 2021.

The ReLit Awards honour the best Canadian books published by independent presses

The finalists for the novel category for the 2021 ReLit Awards. (ReLit Awards)

The ReLit Awards honour the best Canadian books published by independent presses.

There are three categories: novel, short fiction and poetry. The prize is known for releasing long shortlists.

The prize was first founded in 2000 by Newfoundland filmmaker and author Kenneth J. Harvey. The year 2017 marked the last year the prizes were previously awarded.

The ReLit Awards are now being managed by Harvey's daughter, Katherine Alexandra Harvey. 

Having been on hiatus since 2017, the awards are celebrating four years of awards in the month of April.

Each week, the shortlists for a particular year will be announced on Monday, and the winners for that year will be announced on Friday.

The 2018 and 2019 winners have been revealed. 

This week focuses on the most recent year, 2021. Next week will feature the 2020 shortlists and winners, bringing the prize up to date.

Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which consists of four dials that are inscribed with the alphabet. However, Harvey says financial donations are needed to ensure this tradition continues.

The finalists in the novel category are:

The finalists in the short fiction category are:

The finalists in the poetry category are:

The 2021 winners will be revealed on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Past winners include Bill Gaston, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Lisa Moore, Ivan Coyote, Megan Gail Coles and Suzette Mayr.

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