Marissa Stapley, Tim Caulfield & Andrew Pyper to judge $10K Kobo Emerging Writer Prizes

The prizes annually recognize three first-time Canadian writers in the categories of literary fiction, nonfiction and a genre category that changes each year.
Marissa Stapley (left), Timothy Caulfield (centre) and Andrew Pyper (right) are the 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize judges. (Eugene Choi, University of Alberta, Heidi Pyper)

Bestselling Canadian writers Marissa Stapley, Tim Caulfield and Andrew Pyper have been announced as the 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize judges.

The prize annually awards three $10,000 prizes to first-time Canadian writers in the categories of literary fiction, nonfiction and a genre selected each year. This year's genre category will be speculative fiction.

Stapley will judge the literary fiction category. She's the bestselling author of three novels: Mating for Life, Things To Do When It's Raining and The Last Resort. The Toronto writer's books have been translated into eight languages.

Caulfield will take on the nonfiction category. The University of Alberta professor has written two national bestsellers about health and popular culture, The Cure for Everything and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Caulfield is a Canada research chair in health law and policy.

Pyper is judging the speculative fiction category. He is known for his bestselling horror novels like Lost Girls, which won the Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel in 2000, and The Demonologist. His most recent books include The Homecoming and The Only Child.

The winning authors will be announced in June 2020.

The prizes are currently accepting submissions until March 1, 2020.

The 2019 winners were How Far We Go and How Fast by Nora Decter, Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris and Steeped in Love by Julie Evelyn Joyce.


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