Call for Submissions: Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature
New Award to Recognize Excellence in First Nations, Metis and Inuit Young Adult Literature
The Award is the result of an ongoing close collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Association of Canadian Publishers, and the Canada Council for the Arts, which will be responsible for administering the jury process.
The Award will be given annually to three English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis or Inuit authors. A First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the authors and translators (if applicable) of the winning titles. In addition, publishers of the winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of a minimum of 2,500 copies, which will ensure that First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth across Canada will have access to the books through their community's schools, libraries, or Friendship Centres.
For this new initiative, CODE will build on the experience it has gained with the Burt Award for African Literature, an annual literary prize that recognizes excellence in Young Adult fiction in English in Africa. Since its inception in 2008, 18 titles (and over 120,000 copies) have been published and distributed to youth in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. The partnerships that CODE has established with educators, writers and publishers in Canada over the last 25 years through its Canadian engagement programs will also be key to establishing this new initiative.
"We are very excited to expand the Burt Award program to Canada," said William (Bill) Burt, who financially supports the Award. "My hope is that Canadian First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth will love the titles that emerge from this project and that the books give them new opportunities to improve the reading and writing skills that will serve them the rest of their lives."
For further details on the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, go to www.codecan.org/get-involved/burt-award-canada
If you can read and write, you can learn to do, and be, anything. That's the idea behind CODE. A Canadian NGO with over 50 years of experience, CODE supports literacy and learning in Canada and around the world. CODE's international programs encourage development through education through support to libraries, professional development for teachers, as well as national and local book publishing in 20 languages. www.codecan.org
To view the list of CODE's partners in the establishment of the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, please visit the following link:http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Burt_Award_for_First_Nations.jpg.
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