Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

ReLit Awards

2013 Weekend Samplers
Seen Reading WilsonOne: Our Gleaming Bones Unrobed, Grant Loveys (ECW)
with selected stories from Seen Reading, Julie Wilson (Freehand)
with a peek into Mount Royal, Basil Papademos (Tightrope)

Two: Every House is Haunted, Ian Rogers (CZP)
with a peek into Lockpick Pornography, Joey Comeau (ECW)
with verses from Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement, Ronna Bloom (Pedlar)

Three: Whitetail Shooting Gallery, Annette Lapointe (Anvil)
with selections from Tracie’s Revenge, Wade Bell (Guernica)
with a peek into Maidenhead, Tamara Faith Berger (Coach House Press)

Four: Heidegger Stairwell, Kayt Burgess (3-Day Books)
with a selection from People Who Disappear, Alex Leslie (Freehand)
with a peek into Given, Susan Musgrave (Thistledown)

2013 Poetry
Omens in the Year of the Ox, Steven Price (Brick)

Ian Williams Personals

Shortlisted:
Trobairitz, Catherine Owen (Anvil Press)
The Unmemntioable [sic], Erin Moure (Anansi)
New and Selected Poems, Cliff Burns (Black Dog Press)
Conflict, Christine McNair (BookThug)
Riot Lung, Leah Horlick (Thistledown)
Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement, Ronna Bloom (Pedlar)
Natural Capital, Jason Heroux (Mansfield)
Our Gleaming Bones Unrobed, Grant Loveys (ECW)
Personals, Ian Williams (Freehand)

2013 Novels
Life is About Losing Everything, Lynn Crosbie (Anansi)

Shortlisted:
Love and the Mess We’re In, Stephen Marche (Gaspereau)
Minor Episodes Major Ruckus, Garry Thomas Morse (TalonBooks)
The Lava in My Bones, Barry Webster (Arsenal)
Given, Susan Musgrave (Thistledown)
Mount Royal, Basil Papademos (Tightrope)
Heidegger Stairwell, Kayt Burgess (3-Day Books)
Lockpick Pornography, Joey Comeau (ECW)
Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies, James Marshall (CZP)
Maidenhead, Tamara Faith Berger (Coach House Press)
Texas, Claudio Gaudio (Quattro)
Dirty Bird, Keir Lowther (Tightrope)
Husk, Corey Redekop (ECW)
Whitetail Shooting Gallery, Annette Lapointe (Anvil)

2013 Short Stories
Every House HauntedEvery House is Haunted, Ian Rogers (CZP)

Shortlisted:
Tracie’s Revenge & Other Stories, Wade Bell (Guernica)
Seen Reading, Julie Wilson (Freehand)
People Who Disappear, Alex Leslie (Freehand)
Escape and Other Stories, Trevor Clark (Now or Never)
Dibidalen, Sean Virgo (Thistledown)
The Weeping Chair, Donald Ward (Thistledown)
Subtitles, Domenico Capilongo (Guernica)
How to Get Along with Women, Elisabeth De Mariaffi (Invisible)

2012 Weekend Samplers
One:  Kalila, Rosemary Nixon (Goose Lane)
with “Leaving Berlin”, Britt Holmstrom (Thistledown)
with selections from Red, George Elliott Clarke (Gaspereau)

Two:  Woods Wolf Girl, Cornelia Hoogland (Wolsak and Wynn)
with a peek into Idaho Winter, Tony Burgess (ECW)
with selections from Stopping for Strangers, Daniel Griffin (Esplanade)

Three: Six Metres of Pavement, Farzana Doctor (Dundurn)
with “and also sharks”, Jessica Westhead (Cormorant)
with selections from Dying a Little, Barry Dempster (Wolsak and Wynn)

Four: Easy to Like, Edward Riche (House of Anansi)
with selections from Shag Carpet Action, Matthew Firth (Anvil Press)
with selections from Gabe Foreman’s A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People (Coach House Press, 2011)

2012 Novels
Monoceros, Suzette Mayr (Coach House)
Shortlisted:
Dirty Feet, Edem Awumey (Anansi)
Prick, Ashley Little (Tightrope)
Easy to Like, Edward Riche (Anansi)
Flowers of Spit, Catherine Mavrikakis (Bookthug)
Break Me, Tom Reynolds (Quattro)

Longlisted:
Idaho Winter, Tony Burgess (ECW)
The Boy, Betty Jane Hegerat (Oolichan)
Bloodline, Stan Rogal (Insomniac)
Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew, Stuart Ross (ECW)
Maintenance, Rob Benvie (Coach House)
Kalila, Rosemary Nixon (Goose Lane)
Cherry Beach Express, R.D. Cain (ECW)
Soldier of the Horse, Robert W. Mackay (Touchwood)
Description of the Blazing World, Michael Murphy (Freehand)
Constance,  Across, Richard Cumyn (Quattro)
Missing Matisse, Jan Rehner (Inanna)
Algoma, Dani Couture (Invisible)
Six Metres of Pavement, Farzana Doctor (Dundurn)
The Last Stoic, Morgan Wade (Hidden Brook)
Mongrel, Marko Sijan (Mansfield)
Hard Hed, Charles Tidler (Anvil)
The Ballard of Martin B., Michael Mirolla (Quattro)
A Hard Gold Thread, Catherine Black (Guernica)
Intention Implication Wind, Ken Sparling (Pedlar)
The Time We All Went Marching, Arley McNeney (Goose Lane)
These Shadows Remain, B.W. Powe (Guernica)
The Tattoo, Pan Bouyoucas (Cormorant)
Adrift, Loren Edizel (TSAR)
Glass Boys, Nicole Lundrigan (Douglas & McIntyre)

2012 Stories
Shortlisted:
Carolyn Black, The Odious Child (Nightwood Editions)
Matthew Firth, Shag Carpet Action (Anvil Press)
Daniel Griffin, Stopping for Strangers (Véhicule Press)
Jesus Hardwell, Easy Living (Exile Editions)
Greg Kearney, Pretty (Exile)
Mike Spry, Distillery Songs (Insomniac)

Longlisted:
Nothing Could Be Further, Tim Conley (Emmerson Street)
God’s Autobio, Rolli (Now or Never)
The Girl on the Escalator, Jim Nason (Tightrope)
Holidays, Darcy Rhyno (Borealis)
And Also Sharks, Jessica Westhead (Cormorant)
Pollen, Tom Abray (DC Books)
Talking at the Woodpile, David Thompson (Caitlin)
Leaving Berlin, Britt Holmstrom (Thistledown)
The Reverse Cowgirl, David Whitton (Freehand)

2012 Poetry:
Shortlisted:
Patrick Friesen, Jumping in the Asylum (Quattro)
Cornelia Hoogland, Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak & Wynn)
Joel Thomas Hynes, Straight Razor Days (Pedlar Press)
Sean Johnston, The Ditch Was Lit Like This (Thistledown Press)
Robin Richardson, Grunt of the Minotaur (Insomniac)
Sandra Ridley, Post-Apothecary (Pedlar)

Longlisted:
The Anatomy of Clay, Gillian Sze (ECW)
The Crystal Palace, Carey Toane (Mansfield)
Myoclonus, Douglas Livingston (Emmerson Street)
Blindfold, John Mikhail Asfour (MQUP)
Spinning Side Kick, Anita Lahey (Signal)
Onion Man, Kathryn Mockler (Tightrope)
Gift Horse, Mark Callanan (Signal)
The Id Kid, Linda Besner (Signal)
Li’l Bastard, David McGimpsey (Coach House)
Grace Shiver, Cathy Stonehouse (Inanna)
The Monotony of Fatal Accidents, Richard Krueger (Bookthug)
Contrary, Ruth Roach Pierson (Tightrope)
This Way, Lise Downe (Bookthug)
Only the Fallen Can See, Jude Neale (Leaf Press)
Hooligans, Lillian Necakov (Mansfield)
Apollinaire’s Speech to the War Medic, Jake Kennedy (Bookthug)
Wretched Beast, Shelley A. Leedahl (BuschekBooks)
The Pillow Books, Karen Mulhallen (Black Moss)
Sunday, the Locusts, Jim Johnstone (Tightrope)
Fluttertongue 5, Steven Ross Smith ( Turnstone)
Match, Helen Guri (Coach House)
Easy Peasy, Kevin McPherson Eckoff (Snare)
Sweet Devilry, Yi-Mei Tsiang (Oolichan)
A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People, Gabe Foreman (Coach House)
Strong Bread, Giovanna Riccio (Quattro)
Echoic Mimic, Lesley Trites (Snare)
A Walker in the City, Meira Cook (Brick)
England is Mine, Todd Swift (DC Books)
The Cure is a Forest, Desi di Nardo (Guernica)
The Truth of Houses, Ann Scowcroft (Brick)
And See What Happens, Ursula Vaira (Caitlin)
Startled Night, Elana Wolff (Guernica)
Love Figures, Sam Cheuk (Insomniac)
The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane, Patrick Lane (Harbour)
Civil and Civic, Jonathan Bennett (ECW)
Crow, Cornelia Hoogland (Black Moss)
Campfire Radio Rhapsody, Robert Earl Stewart (Mansfield)
Insomniac Blues, Linda Frank (BuschekBooks)
Drift, Leo Brent Robillard (Turnstone)
The Sun Has Forgotten Where I Live, Christian McPherson (Now or Never)
Dying a Little, Barry Dempster (Wolsak & Wynn)
True, Kristy Elliot (Leaf Press)
Dance, Monster!, Stan Rogal (Insomniac)
What is the Sound of Someone Unravelling, Marsha Barber (Borealis)
There Devil, Eat that, Jonarno Lawson (Pedlar)
Red, George Elliott Clarke (Gaspereau)
Versions of North, G.P. Lainsbury (Caitlin)
Wore Down Trust, Michael Blouin (Pedlar)
Apologetic for Joy, Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst (Goose Lane)
Forge, Jan Zwicky (Gaspereau)
Narcissus Unfolding, Jim Nason (Frontenac)
Methodist Hatchet, Ken Babstock (Anansi)
Earworm, Nick Thran (Nightwood)
No End in Strangeness, Bruce Taylor (Cormorant)
Err, Shane Rhodes (Nightwood)
Beautiful Mutants, Adam Pottle (Caitlin)
A Page From the Wonders of Life on Earth, Stephanie Bolster (Brick)
Book of Disorders, Luciano Iacobelli (Quattro)
Gulf, Leslie Vryenhoek (Oolichan)
Hypotheticals, Leigh Kotsilidis (Coach House)

WINNERS ANNOUNCED OCTOBER 22, 2011
2011 Novels:
The Cube People,Christian McPherson (Nightwood)
Book,Ken Sparling (Pedlar)
Blood Relatives,Craig Francis Power (Pedlar) 
The Find,Kathy Page (McArthur &Co)
Krakow Melt,Daniel Allen Cox (Arsenal Pulp)
The Goon,Jerrod Edson (Oberon)
The Bourgeois Empire,Evie Christie (ECW)
One Bloody Thing After Another,Joey Comeau (ECW)
Good Evening,Central Laundromat,Jason Heroux (Quattro)
Sweet England,Steve Weiner (New Star)

2011 Stories:
The Devil You Know,Jenn Farrell (Anvil)
Ravenna Gets,Tony Burgess (Anvil)
I’m a Registered Nurse Not a Whore,Anne Perdue (Insomniac)
Bats or Swallows,Teri Vlassopoulos (Invisible)
There is No Other,Jonathan Papernick (Exile)
Punishing Ugly Children,Darryl Joel Berger (Killick)
I Still Don’t Even Know You,Michelle Berry (Turnstone)
Missed Her,Ivan E. Coyote (Arsenal Pulp)
Ronald Reagan,My Father,Brian Joseph Davis (ECW)

2011 Poems:
The Inquisition Yours,Jen Currin (Coach House)
Sweet,Dani Couture (Pedlar)
Every Day in the Morning (Slow),Adam Seelig (New Star)
A Good Time Had by All,Meaghan Strimas (Exile)
The Good News About Armageddon,Steve McOrmond (Brick)
You Know Who You Are,Ian Williams (Wolsak &Wynn)
Marimba Forever,Jim Christy (Guernica)

It’s the Indie version of the Canadian literary awards. Check their site.

NOTE:Whenever possible, I’ve linked to the publisher’s page for the relevant title.

2011 Weekend Samplers
My RELit Weekend Samples begin here. (SEPT18 Papernick, Berger, Couture)
The second week’s samples are here. (SEPT25 Page, Williams, Perdue)
The third week’s samples are here.  (OCT2 Cox, Powers, Christy)
The fourth week’s are here. (OCT9 Comeau, Burgess, Seelig)
The fifth week’s are here. (OCT16 Berry, Strimas)
The sixth week’s are here. (OCT23 Weiner, Davis, Currin)

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