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2020 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist

Rakuten Kobo, in search of the best books written by debut Canadian authors, today announced the shortlist for its sixth annual Emerging Writer Prize. The award was created with the intention of bringing literary recognition, and kick-starting the careers of debut Canadian authors. A $10,000 CAD cash prize will be awarded to a book in each of three categories: Nonfiction, Literary Fiction and Genre Fiction (Speculative Fiction this year). In addition, each winning author receives promotional, marketing and ongoing communications support throughout 2020. After hundreds of applications, the 2020 shortlist was selected by Kobo’s team of expert booksellers, who read each book, and considered customer ratings and reviews. The shortlist comprises five to six books from each category, and now three bestselling Canadian author judges have the difficult task of choosing the winners: Timothy Caulfield for Nonfiction, Marissa Stapley for Literary Fiction, and Andrew Pyper for Speculative Fiction. The winners will be announced in mid-to-late June, 2020. Details

by Kerry Clare · Tagged emerging writers, great books