Amazon Canada First Novel Award postpones 2020 winner announcement and ceremony
The Amazon Canada First Novel Award program has postponed this year's ceremony amid concerns over COVID-19.
The 44th ceremony will now take place on Aug. 27, 2020, at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto.
The prize, established in 1976, is worth $60,000 and honours the best first novel in English published the previous year by a citizen or resident of Canada. The six finalist authors each receive $6,000.
The announcement of this year's shortlisted authors will also be postponed, until a month before the new ceremony date.
This year marks the third year of the Youth Short Story Category, in which young writers between the ages of 13 and 17 submit a short story under 3,000 words.
The winning short story, chosen by the panel of judges, receives $5,000 and a mentorship lunch with The Walrus editors.
Other past winners include novelists Michael Ondaatje, Joy Kogawa, W. P. Kinsella and André Alexis.