news | Wednesday September 3, 2014
Congratulations to Chief Bev Sellars, author of They Called Me Number One, which has just been shortlisted for a Burt Award!
The Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) announced today the 2014 finalists for its Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature. Established by CODE – a Canadian charitable organization that has been advancing literacy and learning for 55 years – in collaboration with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada by recognizing excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors.
This year’s shortlisted titles, selected by a jury composed of Canadian writers administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are (in alphabetical order):
The winners of this second annual Award will be announced on September 27, 2014 at a Gala hosted by Shelagh Rogers and Wab Kinew at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People in Winnipeg. 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 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.
Also see the press release, dated September 3, 2014: “CODE Announces 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature Finalists.”