ASIAN CANADIAN WRITERS’ WORKSHIP EMERGING WRITER AWARD GUIDELINES
The ACWW Emerging Writer Award (EWA) was established in 1999 to help authors of Pacific Rim Asian heritage be published with an established publishing house. The winner of the first award was poet, Rita Wong (Monkeypuzzle, published by Press Gang.) Madeleine Thien won the second award in 2001 for her short story collection, Simple Recipes. This manuscript impressed McClelland & Stewart so much that they offered Madeleine a two-book deal. Simple Recipes went on to win the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the City of Vancouver Book Prize, and was a finalist in the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book.
The Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop is the publisher of Ricepaper Magazine and literASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing Festival. Formed in 1995, it was created out of a need to develop and nurture Pacific Rim Asian Canadian writers. Its primary purpose is to foster a community of writers and build a literature. In 2015, ACWW will celebrate its twentieth anniversary.
The ACWW Emerging Writer Award is a community building initiative of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop to encourage the development of quality manuscripts and finished works by new writers in our community.
The 2015 competition is for a book-length manuscript of fiction by a previously unpublished Asian-Canadian writer of Pacific Rim Asian heritage.
The author must be of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian heritage (e.g. East Asian or Southeast Asian descent) and not previously had a book-length work published by a traditional publisher or self-published. After a manuscript is submitted to the EMA competition, the author agrees not to submit the work to any publishers until after the manuscript has been released from the EMA competition in October 2015. Receipt and release of the manuscript will be acknowledged in a timely fashion.
The jury will consist of three people drawn from writers, editors, academics, booksellers, teachers, and librarians. The jury members may or may not be of Asian descent. If there is no work of sufficiently high quality, the jury may decide that there is no winner.
Publishers will be offered the winning manuscript for consideration. If a publisher wishes to offer a contract to the winning author, a detailed letter of intent will be submitted to the ACWW. The letter should include the following:
(1) intended publication date (season and year)
(2) proposed advance against royalties
(3) description of proposed editorial commitment/vision
(4) description of proposed promotional plans
(5) sample contract and a copy of the publisher’s most recent catalogue
The publisher will include acknowledgement of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Emerging Writer Award in the finished book as well as on press releases and advertisements. Should a successful contract be concluded, the ACWW will help promote the book.
Deadline for manuscripts: must be postmarked by July 31, 2015.
Send manuscripts to:
ACWW Emerging Writing Award Fiction 2015
P.O. Box 74174
Announcement of Winner
The winner will be announced at during the 2015 literASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing Festival, Oct 8 – 11, 2015
For queries and media contact:
Jim Wong-Chu @ firstname.lastname@example.org 604.355.5795