Hamilton Literary Awards

Celebrating 25 years Hamilton storytelling!

 

The Hamilton Arts Council Literary Awards recognizes published books of literary excellence, written by authors residing in Hamilton. This year, we're celebrating the 25th Anniversary of our Hamilton Literary Awards! Prizes will be awarded in all four of the following categories: Poetry, Non-fiction, Fiction and the Kerry Schooley Book Award for the book that is the most evocative of Hamilton.

This year's winners will be announced on Monday, December 10th, 2018 at a gala event taking place in the Norman and Louise Haac Studio Theatre at Theatre Aquarius.

Doors open at 6:30 PM and the ceremony begins at 7:00 PM.

Admission is FREE and all are welcome. Refreshments and a cash bar will also be available.

Our MC for the evening will be CBC Radio's Jeff Goodes

With a musical performance by Carissa Kimbell with Andrew Aldridge.

NEW THIS YEAR!
Fiction Award Sponsor Epic Books on Locke will be on-hand
at the Awards ceremony selling copies of the nominated books!

 

SHORT-LISTED AUTHORS

KERRY SCHOOLEY BOOK AWARD

Gary Barwin for No TV for Woodpeckers

Trevor Cole for Whiskey King

Daniel Coleman for Yardwork

Tom Wilson for Beautiful Scars

READ ALL ABOUT THE KERRY SCHOOLEY AWARD SHORT-LIST!

 

POETRY BOOK AWARD

Gary Barwin for No TV for Woodpeckers

Shane Neilson for Dysphoria

Elizabeth Tessier for The Words They Cannot Say

READ ALL ABOUT THE POETRY AWARD SHORT-LIST!

 

NON-FICTION BOOK AWARD

Daniel Coleman for Yardwork

Joe Ollmann for The Abominable Mr. Seabrook

Tom Wilson for Beautiful Scars

READ ALL ABOUT THE NON-FICTION AWARD SHORT-LIST!

 

FICTION BOOK AWARD

Gillian Chan for The Disappearance

Mike Knowles for Rocks Beat Paper

Pasha Malla for Fugue States

Ross Pennie for Beneath the Wake

READ ALL ABOUT THE FICTION AWARD SHORT-LIST!

 

GO TO THE EVENTBRITE LISTING

We are grateful to our valued SPONSORS who have generously
contributed to make this year's Awards a success!

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The Hamilton Literary Awards are an annual literary event with the goal of recognizing and celebrating the best of our city’s published authors.  The Awards are presented to books of outstanding merit and quality in the categories of Fiction, Poetry and Non-fiction by authors residing in Hamilton and the surrounding areas. The Hamilton Literary Awards also include the Kerry Schooley Book Award to be given to the book that is most evocative of the City of Hamilton and/or surrounding area. The Kerry Schooley Book Award has been named in honour of the late Kerry Schooley who was a tireless advocate for literary arts in Hamilton.

For a list of previous Winners please DOWNLOAD THE PDF.