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Anvil Press is pleased to announce the reclamation of the International 3-Day Novel Contest, the world’s most notorious literary marathon. The 2020 contest took place this past Labour Day Weekend: Sept. 5 – 7. It was a great turnout, with 250+ writers hunkering down to write their short novels. Our panel of readers is now busy reading and reading and reading. We will announce a longlist early in the new year.

Mark your calendar for next year!

The basics: Writing starts midnite Friday of the long weekend and wraps up midnite of the holiday Monday. The winner receives money, publication, and overnight fame!

The entries are judged by a panel of writers and editors, which announces its winning selection in the spring of the following year. The winning novel is then published by Anvil Press.

2021 Contest:
The 44th Annual International
3-Day Novel Contest
Sept. 4 – 6, 2021

More information, rules and registration available at:
3-Day Novel Contest here.

Congratulations to Carleigh Baker, one of five emerging writers named 2020 Writers’ Trust Rising Stars. Each writer receives $5,000 toward their writing career, a writing residency, and a mentorship with an established Canadian author. Get your own copy of Carleigh’s award-winning debut story collection, Bad Endings here.

Congratulations to Heather Birrell and series editor Stuart Ross! Heather’s debut poetry collection, Float and Scurry has been selected as the winner of the 2020 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. The award recognizes a first book of poetry published by a Canadian writer in the preceding year. The award carries a $2000 prize and is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets. Float and Scurry is the most recent release in our “A Feed Dog Book” imprint, edited for the press by Stuart Ross. Get your copy of Float and Scurry here.

The Griffin Poetry Prize is awarded annually in two categories – International and Canadian. Each prize is worth C$65,000. In each category, the prize is for the best collection of poetry in English published during the preceding year. One prize goes to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a living poet or translator from any country, which may include Canada. Read more about her collection Quarrels here.

Congratulations to Elee Kraljii Gardiner, whose poetry collection Trauma Head was longlisted for the 2019 Raymond Souster Poetry Award.

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Congratulations to Carleigh Baker on winning the 2017 City of Vancouver Book Award for her debut collection of stories, Bad Endings. Read more about the City of Vancouver Book Award and the other finalists here.

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Our most heartfelt congratulations go out to Carleigh Baker on this nomination. The winner will be announced Nov 14 at the Writers’ Trust Awards. Read more about Bad Endings here.

We are thrilled by the recent news that both Cretacea & Other Stories from the Badlands by Martin West and Garage Criticism: Cultural Missives in an Age of Distraction by Peter Babiak are finalists for this year’s Montaigne Medal. The Montaigne Medal is part of the Eric Hoffer Awards and is an additional distinction, awarded to the most thought-provoking books

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Congratulations to Melissa Bull whose debut poetry collection, Rue has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Read more about the award and this year’s finalists here.