Indigenous Voices Awards, which recognize emerging Indigenous writers, reveal 2018 finalists

There are seven categories, which include works in English, French and Indigenous languages, as well as published and unpublished work.
Carleigh Baker is nominated for an Indigenous Voices Award for her short story collection Bad Endings. (Callan Field/Anvil Press)

The Indigenous Voices Awards, established in 2017 to celebrate emerging Indigenous writers, have announced their 2018 finalists.

There are seven categories, which include works in English, French and Indigenous languages, and recognizes both published and unpublished work.

The winners will be announced on May 29, 2018, at an event in Regina, Sask. The prize was judged by writers Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Gregory Scofield, Jean Sioui and Richard Van Camp.

The shortlist for most significant work of prose in English by an emerging Indigenous writer ($5,000 prize) includes:

The shortlist for most significant work of poetry in English by an emerging Indigenous writer ($5,000 prize) includes:

The shortlist for most significant work in an alternative format by an emerging Indigenous writer ($5,000 prize) includes:

  • This is How We Got Here by Keith Barker
  • Huff & Stitch by Cliff Cardinal
  • Musical Selections by Mich Cota
  • Sakkijâjuk by Heather Igloliorte
  • Nipê Wânîn by Mika Lafond

The shortlist for most significant work of prose in French by an emerging Indigenous writer ($5,000 prize) includes:

  • Manikanetish by Naomi Fontaine
  • De Vengeance by J.D. Kurtness

The shortlist for an unpublished prose piece by an emerging Indigenous writer ($2,000 prize) includes:

  • Hair Raizing by Treena Chambers
  • Queen Bee by Elaine McArthur
  • The Hand Trembler by Tom Nazbah
  • Pejipug by Amanda Peters

The shortlist for unpublished poetic piece(s) by an emerging Indigenous writer ($2,000 prize) includes:

  • Poetic Selections by David Agecoutay
  • Two Poems by Brandi Bird
  • Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl by Francine Merasty
  • #haikuaday and other poems by Smokii Sumac

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