Charlottetown, PE – May 6, 2020 - The PEI Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce the shortlist for both the Island Literary Awards, as well as the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. Island writers will be recognized during award galas, which will take place online in the weeks to come.
During the Island Literary Awards, adults will be recognized for excellence in Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Literature for Children, Short Story, and Indigenous Writing.
Short-listed writers for adult categories are as follows:
The Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Literature for Children Award: Eric Leamont, Gretha Rose, Hannah Stiff, Ian Stretch, Jessica Mutch
Confederation Court Mall Merchants Association Poetry Award: Emily Browning, Emily Cann, Kelly Kieran Sampson, Megan Gallant, Nick vanOuwerkerk
Maritime Electric Short Story Award: Chris Wilson, Jennifer Platts-Fanning, Katie Mac
Creative Non-Fiction Award: Ivy Wigmore, Kelly Kieran Sampson, Mark Enman, Matthew Sherman, Samantha Desjardins Joyce
Acorn Press Marie Coyoteblanc Indigenous Writing Award: Michael Sima, Richard Pellissier-Lush
Réshard Gool Award for Creative Writing: Monika Stewart
Joseph Sherman Award: Dan & Marlene MacDonald
Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of PEI: Rob MacLean & Melissa Mullen
Youth in Early Elementary, Late Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High will be honoured for their excellence in literary arts during the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People.
Short-listed writers for the youth categories are as follows:
Early Elementary: Ben Bowman
Late Elementary: Alyson Scott, Elle Flick, Juliette Martinez-Kydd, Lauren Elizabeth Graham, Sam Bowman
Junior High: Eleena Lunn, Jordan Dingwell, Khai Phan, Sheamus Herlihy, Vy Nguyen Tran
Senior High: Arielle Dunn, Marley Lucas, Megan Gallant
Champion of Reading Award
This year, the PEI Writers’ Guild is accepting nominations for the Champion of Reading Award. This award recognizes an individual in the community who champions reading as being essential to the quality of our lives and to our ability to take our place on the world stage.
Nominations are being accepted until May 21st and the winner will be revealed during the Island Literary Awards taking place in the upcoming weeks. Previous winners of the Champion of Reading Award include Deirdre Kessler (2019), Barb Kissick (2018), Roseanne Gauthier (2017) and Jinny Greaves (2016). For more information and to submit your potential candidate, visit - https://tinyurl.com/yaa2b24p
PEI Book Awards
Since 2006, the Prince Edward Island Book Awards have celebrated the best in books by Prince Edward Islanders. These awards are given in out every two years and, this year, they will hand out awards in four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Children's Literature. The PEI Book Awards will be handed out during the Island Literary Awards.
For over 30 years, the Island Literary Awards have recognized the best in Island writing by writers of all ages. Cash prizes are awarded to individuals who place first, second, and third in both the adult and young people’s awards categories. Many past award winners are now published authors.
Please follow the Island Literary Awards on Facebook (@IslandLiteraryAwards), on Twitter (@IslandLiterary) or visit peiwritersguild.com for more information.