2017 FRANK HEGYI AWARD FOR EMERGING AUTHORS

The Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) is pleased to sponsor a new literary award for emerging authors. Named after long-time OIW member and former treasurer, Frank Hegyi, this new literary award will carry a cash prize of $500 for the winner and two years of free OIW membership. Finalists will receive a year's free membership in the OIW. The winner and finalists will be invited to read from their books at the Prose in the Park Literary Festival on June 10, 2017.

 

The Frank Hegyi Award will be offered on an annual basis and will alternate between fiction and non-fiction, starting in its first year with fiction. The award is open to all Canadian citizens living anywhere or permanent residents of Canada or authors of any nationality whose submitted books were first published by a Canadian publisher, and who have not already won a major national or provincial literary award. Click here for the list of awards identified for exclusion from eligibility for the Frank Hegyi Award. Please note if you have won an award that is not on this list, you are eligible to submit your book  for the Frank Hegyi Award.

 

The Frank Hegyi Award jury is composed of three award-winning writers who are not members of the Ottawa Independent Writers.

 

Eligible books for this year's prize must have been written by a single author in English and published between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. The books must be novels or collections of short stories (at least 40,000 words in both cases). Novellas will not be considered for this award. The entry fee is $25 per book for full and associate members of the Ottawa Independent Writers and $50 for non-members. Cheques or money orders made out to the Ottawa Independent Writers are preferred, but you can also pay by credit cards by contacting OIW VP Bill Horne at 613-837-2166. Writers outside of Ottawa-Gatineau can opt for associate membership ($30 a year) to qualify for the $25 rate, but must do so before submitting their books. Authors may submit more than one book, but the same entry fee must be paid for each submitted book. Four copies of each book (print only - no e-books or unpublished manuscripts please), the entry form (click here to download form) and payment must be sent by January 15, 2017. The books should be mailed to:

 

Ottawa Independent Writers

(Frank Hegyi Award)

Postal Box 39016

Ottawa, Ontario

K1H 1A1

 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

Important Dates to Remember

 

January 15, 2017 – Final Date for Submission for the Award (mailed books must be postmarked on January 15, 2017 or earlier).

May 3, 2017 – Announcement of Long List at the Wakefield Writers Festival

May 16, 2017 – Announcement of the Short List at the OIW Monthly Meeting

June 10, 2017 – Award Ceremony at Prose in the Park

 

 

 

If you want to learn more about the 40 submissions, just click on the images below. The bronze stickers indicate titles that were long-listed on May 3, 2017. See press release below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE - JUNE 10, 2017

 

EMMA HOOPER WINS THE 2016 FRANK HEGYI AWARD FOR EMERGING AUTHORS

Emma Hooper won the first-ever Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors for her novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James. The award was presented at the Third Annual Prose in the Park Literary Festival in Ottawa on Saturday, June 10, 2017. During the award ceremony, the Chair of Prose in the Park 2017 and President of the Ottawa Independent Writers, Ian Shaw, reached Emma by phone in Sweden where she is doing an artist's residency, and invited her to make a short acceptance speech for the audience. Emma stresses the importance of writers associations, like the Ottawa Independent Writers, in promoting the careers of Canadian authors and her absolute delight in being the first winner of the Frank Hegyi Award. 

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PRESS RELEASE- For Immediate Use

Anouncement of Short List for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors

 

May 16, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario

(For immediate release)

www.ottawaindependentwriters.com

 

The Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) is proud to announce that the following Canadian authors have been short-listed for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors:


Joan Crate for Black Apple – Simon & Schuster
Susan Doherty Hannaford for A Secret Music – Cormorant Books
Emma Hooper for Etta and Otto and Russell and James – Penguin Canada
Eric Beck Rubin for School of Velocity – Doubleday Canada
Andy Sinclair for Breathing Lessons – Véhicule Press

 

The Frank Hegyi Award is Canada's newest literary award. Named after long-time Ottawa Independent Writers member and former treasurer, Frank Hegyi, this new literary award carries a cash prize of $500. The award received forty eligible submissions in 2017. The award's short list was announced today (May 16, 2017) at the monthly meeting of the Ottawa Independent Writers (www.ottawaindependentwriters.com). The winner and finalists will be invited to read from their books at the Prose in the Park Literary Festival on June 10, 2017 (www.proseinthepark.com)

 

The Frank Hegyi Award is offered on an annual basis and alternates between fiction and non-fiction. The 2017 award is for fiction. The award is open to all Canadian citizens living anywhere or permanent residents of Canada or authors of any nationality whose submitted books were first published by a Canadian publisher, and who have not already won a major national or provincial literary award.

For media inquiries, please contact communicationsoiw@gmail.com

For more details on the Frank Hegyi Award can be found at: http://www.ottawaindependentwriters.com/frank-hegyi-award

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Announcement of Long List for Frank Hegyi Award

May 3, 2017 – Wakefield, Quebec

(for immediate release)

www.ottawaindependentwriters.com

 

The Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) is pleased to announce the long list for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors. The long list of ten books from a field of 41 submissions from across Canada was announced on May 3, 2017 at the Wakefield Writers Festival's Writers Pride Evening in Wakefield, Quebec.  The successful nominees listed by authors' surnames are:

Ann Y. K. Choi for Kay's Lucky Coin Variety - Simon & Schuster

Joan Crate for Black Apple – Simon & Schuster

Alexandra Curry for The Courtesan - Penguin-Random House

Susan Doherty Hannaford for A Secret Music – Cormorant Books

Emma Hooper for Etta and Otto and Russell and James – Penguin Canada

Iain Reid for I’m Thinking of Ending Things – Simon & Schuster

Eric Beck Rubin for School of Velocity – Doubleday Canada

Andy Sinclair for Breathing Lessons – Véhicule Press

Sara Taylor for Boring Girls – ECW Press

Heather Tucker for The Clay Girl – ECW Press

 

We would like to congratulate all authors who submitted their works of fiction for the 2017 award.

 

The jurors for this year's award are:

 

Gerry Fostaty is a fiction and non-fiction writer. He is the winner of the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Award for Crime Fiction and the author of As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier (Goose Lane Editions) and Stage Business (Deux Voiliers Publishing). He is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

 

Ursula Pflug is a novelist and short fiction writer. She is the author of Motion Sickness (Inanna Publications), The Alphabet Stones (Blue Denim Press), and Green Music (Tesseract Books). Her fiction has been short-listed or nominated for the Sunburst Award, the Aurora Award, the Pushcart Prize, the 3 Day Novel Contest, the Descant Novella Award, the KM Hunter Award, The ReLit Award and others.

 

Menaka Raman-Wilms is a fiction writer and singer. She has her MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, and is the winner of the 2016 Toronto Arts and Letters Club Foundation youth award for short fiction, as well as the winner of Room Magazine’s 2012 fiction prize. Her work has been shortlisted for the U of T Magazine short story contest, and her prose has been published in the UC Review and Acta Victoriana. She is also a core reviewer for the Ottawa Review of Books.

CORRECTION TO THE LONG LIST - Michel Basilières has informed  us of an oversight in the submission on his behalf by his current publisher of his novel, A Free Man, to the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors. Michel won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award in 2004 for his book, Black Bird. We highly appreciate Michel's integrity in promptly flagging this honest mistake to us, and we regret any inconvenience that this may cause. With Michel's  concurrence, we have removed  A Free Man from the long list.  This allows for the next book on the jurors' list to be added to the long list, i.e. The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry (Penguin-Random House).

 

ADDRESS

Ottawa Independent Writers

Postal Box 39016

Ottawa, ON  K1H 1A1

 

Email: communicationsoiw@gmail.com

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