ReLit Awards

The ReLit Awards are Canadian literary prizes awarded annually to book-length works in the novel, short-story and poetry categories.[1] Founded in 2000 by Newfoundland filmmaker and author Kenneth J. Harvey,[2] they are considered the preeminent literary prize in independent Canadian publishing.[1]

Subtitled Ideas, Not Money the main title of the awards is short for Regarding Literature, Reinventing Literature, and Relighting Literature.[3] The awards were conceived by Harvey as an alternative to larger mainstream prizes such as the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Awards.[4] There is no money awarded for the prize; in the first two years, the winners received a nominal prize of one Canadian dollar,[5] but since 2003 the recipients have been presented with a silver ring designed by Newfoundland artisan Christopher Kearney.[6]

It was announced in January 2021 that management of the award has been taken over by Harvey's daughter Katherine, with the project expanding to incorporate an online literary journal and a mentorship program for young writers.[7]

Nominees and winnersEdit

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Three indie writers honoured by ReLit Awards". The Globe and Mail, July 19, 2007.
  2. ^ "Shortlists announced for ReLit Awards". National Post, August 31, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "ReLit award winners named". Ottawa Citizen, July 27, 2008.
  4. ^ "Canada's newest literary prize is for independent presses". National Post, November 8, 2000.
  5. ^ "It's in the mail; wear the prize". Vancouver Sun, June 14, 2003.
  6. ^ "Manitoba publishers nab four Relit nods". Winnipeg Free Press, February 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Ryan Porter, "ReLit Awards launches literary journal, teen mentorship under new executive director". Quill & Quire, January 7, 2021.
  8. ^ "Diary of an accidental judge". Vancouver Sun, May 12, 2001.
  9. ^ a b c "New literary prize recognizes smaller success stories". Calgary Herald, June 18, 2001.
  10. ^ a b c Mark Cochrane, "Bonfire of the vanities: At the second annual ReLit Awards, the small world of Canadian poetry felt suffocatingly close". Vancouver Sun, June 22, 2002.
  11. ^ a b c "Winners of ReLit Awards announced". The Globe and Mail, October 22, 2010.
  12. ^ "And the winners of the 2013 ReLit Awards are...." Archived 2014-01-31 at the Wayback Machine. The Province, December 20, 2013.
  13. ^ "The 2014 ReLit Shortlists". The Relit Awards, December 24, 2014.
  14. ^ a b c "Carellin Brooks, Kevin Hardcastle and Sue Goyette win 2016 ReLit Awards". CBC Books, March 9, 2017.

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