SHORTLISTED! ‘a fist made and then un-made’ named a finalist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award

bpnicholchapbookawardlogoIn exciting news, matt’ robinson’s 10-poem chapbook — a fist made and then un-made (Gaspereau Press, 2013) — has been shortlisted for this year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award

Earlier today in Toronto, in addition to revealing the collections included on his year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award shortlist, Meet The Presses also announced that, beginning this year (2014), the prize purse of the bpNichol Chapbook Award will double from $2,000 to $4,000, thanks to the generosity of its Anonymous Donor.

This year’s shortlist consists of six poetry titles:

– a fist made and then un-made: matt robinson (Gaspereau)

Government: Jason Christie (above/ground)

Life Savings: Mat Laporte (Odourless)

pleasantries and other misdemeanours: Christine McNair (Apt. 9)

Oilywood: Christine Leclerc (Nomados)

X: Phil Hall (Thee Hellbox)

afmatuThe winner of this year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award will be announced at Meet the Presses’ fifth Indie Literary Market, on Saturday November 22, 2014 at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. 

The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. This year’s judges are Kevin McPherson Eckhoff and Sandra Ridley. The author now receives $4,000 and, thanks to the largesse of writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, the publisher receives $500.

Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective. Meet the Presses is a volunteer collective that organizes public events showcasing books and chapbooks, magazines, recordings and broadsides produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.


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