Toronto, ONApril 19, 2016 – Rakuten Kobo, in search for the best new books written by debut Canadian authors, today announced the shortlist for its second annual Emerging Writer Prize. The award was created with the goal of kick-starting the careers of debut authors, with a $10,000 CAD cash prize awarded to a book in each of three categories: Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Genre Fiction (Romance). In addition, each winning author will receive promotional, marketing, and communications support through 2016.

The shortlist, selected by Kobo’s team of booksellers among traditionally and self-published titles—with book completion rates, customer ratings and reviews considered—comprises six books from each genre. The shortlist will now move on to the final selection process, led by top Canadian authors: Camilla Gibb for Non-Fiction, Gail Anderson-Dargatz for Literary Fiction, and Lynsay Sands for Genre Fiction (Romance), with winners announced on June 21.


The Literary Fiction Shortlist:

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2015_07_31T22_36_51_Z_9781771960410-frontcover     2015_10_01T15_09_26_Z_9781770564367    2015_03_31T04_56_08_Z_RH_updated_covers_20150331_001748_9780385681032


The Non-Fiction Shortlist:

2015_09_29T01_06_13_Z_9780143193562     2014_11_03T20_10_33_Z_9781770906983     2015_03_06T02_07_37_Z_9780143190226

2015_08_18T16_51_29_Z_9781771640947      2014_12_04T21_27_02_Z_9781770898691


The Romance Shortlist:

2015_08_21T01_06_22_Z_9781501102981     2015_06_22T10_36_05_Z_harlequin_ebook_covers_2015_0620_zip_9781460387689     2015_06_24T19_29_31_Z_9780994093219

2015_10_15T06_16_38_Z_9781619230231     2016_03_03T07_10_01_Z_1230000974424     2015_07_01T08_31_44_Z_9781460386163



Camilla Gibb – Author Judge – Non-Fiction

Camilla Gibb is the author of a memoir called This Is Happy, as well as four novels – Mouthing camilla-gibb-picthe WordsThe Petty Details of So-and-so’s LifeSweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement. She has been the recipient of the Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and the CBC Canadian Literary Award, and shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction. In addition to her books, Camilla has written a variety of essays, articles and reviews published in top publications such as The GuardianToronto Life, and The Globe and Mail, among others. She has a Ph.D. from Oxford University and is an adjunct faculty member of the graduate creative writing programs at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph-Humber. Camilla is currently the June Callwood Professor in Social Justice at Victoria College, University of Toronto. For more information, please visit www.camillagibb.com.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz – Author Judge – Literary FictionGailAnderson-DargatzPortrait20150114

Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s newest novel, The Spawning Grounds, is slated for release in September and is her first since the 2007 bestseller Turtle Valley. Her novels have been published in several languages worldwide; her first novel, The Cure For Death By Lightning, met with terrific acclaim and garnered her the UK’s Betty Trask Award and a nomination for Canada’s Giller Prize. A Recipe for Bees soon followed with nominations for the Giller and the IMPAC Dublin Award. A Rhinestone Button was a national bestseller in Canada and her first book, The Miss Hereford Stories, was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. After nearly a decade of teaching within the optional-residency creative writing MFA program at the University of British Columbia, Gail now mentors writers around the world through her own on-line forums. She also hosts the Providence Bay Writers’ Camp for adults on Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Ontario. For more, please visit Gail’s website: www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca.

lynsayLynsay Sands – Author Judge – Genre Fiction (Romance)

Lynsay Sands is the bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historical romances and anthologies. She’s been writing since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at lynsaysands.net.


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