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Call for Submissions: 2014 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards

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From our friends at the Koffler Centre of the Arts:

Deadline: January 13, 2014

The Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards have been presented annually since 1988, celebrating excellence in Canadian writing on Jewish themes and subjects. The Awards aim to bring awareness of the Jewish Canadian canon as well as to promote and support Canadian writers.

A jury comprised of distinguished literary figures examines book submissions from all over the country. Awards categories have included Fiction, Scholarship, Biography/Memoir, Youth Literature, Poetry, Holocaust, Jewish Thought and Culture, and Yiddish. More than $140,000 has been awarded to over 200 Canadian authors since the awards inception 25 years ago. Past award winners include David Bezmozgis, Nancy Richler, Tarek Fatah, Charles Foran, Peter C. Newman, and Alison Pick among many others.

The 2014 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards will be presented at a public ceremony on May 27, 2014 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library as part of the Toronto Jewish Literary Festival. The evening recognizes the outstanding achievements of the winning authors and is open to the public. The winning titles will be announced in April 2014.


  • Books written on subjects with Jewish themes or with significant Jewish content
  • Books written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • Books written in English or French
  • Books published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013
  • Books with a 13 digit ISBN, including E-books
  • Books with Jewish content written by non-Jewish authors are eligible
  • Graphic books are eligible

Previously submitted titles, new translations and reissues are not eligible.

Award Categories

Awards have included the following categories:

  • Fiction: novels and short story collections with Jewish content
  • Scholarship: books of original research that contribute to Jewish knowledge
  • Biography / Memoir: autobiography, personal memoir or family history. The subject need not be a Jewish person or family but must have relevance to the Jewish experience
  • History: non-fiction works about the Jewish historical experience
  • Youth Literature: books on a Jewish theme written for children or young adults
  • Poetry: books of verse including significant Jewish content
  • Holocaust Literature: books concerning the Holocaust including autobiographies, memoirs, academic studies, history and fiction
  • Jewish Thought & Culture: non-fiction works illuminating Jewish thinking and the Jewish experience
  • Yiddish: books in Yiddish or about Yiddish culture; translations from Yiddish (fiction or non-fiction) also considered

The jury may change award categories at its discretion. The jury may elect to forgo awarding a prize in a category if it determines that there is no prize-worthy publication in that category in a given year.

Submission Requirements

  • Five copies of each book. For E-Books: Three free downloads and two hard copies
  • Completed entry form
  • $40 entry fee per title submitted

Submissions must be received by January 13, 2014. Earlier submission is encouraged and appreciated. Send submissions to:

Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards
Koffler Centre of the Arts
4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M2R 1W6

2014 Jury:
Barbara Berson (chair), Bernice Eisenstein, Adam Fuerstenberg, Judith Ghert, Alain Goldschläger, Sara R. Horowitz, Carla Lancit, Michael Posner, Judy Stoffman, Edward Trapunski

For more information, please contact: Valentine Moreno at or 416 638 1881 x. 4249

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