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40 books shortlisted for 2019 ReLit Awards

The ReLit Awards honour the best Canadian books published by independent presses. They are celebrating 4 years of awards in the month of April.

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

The finalists for the novel category for the 2019 ReLit Awards. (ReLit Awards)

Forty books have been shortlisted for the 2019 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.

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 2018 award winners were announced last week. Martin West, Daniel Zomparelli and Rhonda Ganz were that year's winners.

This week, the prize is turning to 2019.

The finalists in the short fiction category are:

  • The Knockoff Eclipse by Melissa Bull
  • All the Lonely People by Barry Callaghan
  • The High-Rise in Fort Fierce by Paul Carlucci
  • Hider/Seeker by Jen Currin
  • Tread & Other Stories by Barry Dempster
  • You and Me, Belonging by Aaron Kreuter
  • Difficult People by Catriona Wright

The finalists in the poetry category are:

The finalists in the novel category are:

The 2019 winners will be revealed on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Next week, the 2020 shortlists and winners will be announced.

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

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