JWC Emerging Writers Award

Submission Guidelines

2018---Fiction

Originally established in 1999 as the Emerging Writers Award, the newly renamed JWC Emerging Writer Award promotes authors of Pacific Rim Asian heritage to 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.

The Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award is a community building initiative of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop named in recognition of Jim Wong-Chu, a pioneer of Asian Canadian writing and mentor to many writers. The award continues his lifelong passion to encourage and develop quality manuscripts and finished works by new writers in the community.

With a primary purpose to foster a community of writers and build a literature, the ACWW has developed and nurtured a generation of writers of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian descent, a historically marginalized group in Canada whose stories were rarely written or recorded. Other projects of the ACWW include Ricepaper Magazine and LiterASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing Festival.

The 2018 competition is for a fiction manuscript by an Asian Canadian writer of Pacific Rim Asian heritage who has not previously published any work of fiction, non-fiction or other known genres in traditional or digital form (including theatre plays, cinematic screenplays).

Author
The author must be a Canadian of Pacific Rim Asian heritage (e.g. East Asian or Southeast Asian descent) and not previously self-published or traditionally published in a book-length work of fiction or non-fiction in traditional or digital form (including theatre plays, cinematic screenplays). After a manuscript is submitted to the competition, the author agrees not to submit the work to any publishers until after the manuscript has been released from the competition in October 2017. Receipt and release of the manuscript will be acknowledged in a timely fashion.

The Jury
This year’s jury will be composed of members of the literary and academic community. If there is no work of sufficiently high quality, the jury may decide that there is no winner.

The Publisher
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 Jim Wong-Chu 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 1, 2018 for Fiction.

1) Completed application form (download for attachment).
2) $25.00 registration fee that also entitles the entrant to a membership to ACWW and festival pass to LiterASIAN 2017. Please have cheque written to: Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop Society.
3) three print copies of the manuscript in addition to a digital copy to be sent to: submissions@asiancanadianwriters.ca

Please send submissions to:

JWC Emerging Writers Award
PO Box 74174
Hillcrest RPO
Vancouver, BC
V5V 5L8

Announcement of the Winner will be announced at during the LiterASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing Festival in September 2018 (Fiction).

For queries and media contact
director@asiancanadianwriters.ca