The ReLit Awards celebrate Canadian authors whose literary works have been published independently and it has been called "The country's pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses" by The Globe and Mail.
And don't forget, the winners receive a snazzy ReLit Ring (pictured above), which features four moveable dials, each one struck with the entire alphabet, for spelling words. Sweet!
Without further ado, here are the shortlists:
I Cut My Finger, Stuart Ross (Anvil)
Soft Geography, Gillian Wigmore (Caitlin)
The Shovel, Colin Browne (Talonbooks)
All Things Said & Done, Marita Dachsel (Caitlin)
Two Hemispheres, Nadine McInnis (Brick)
AEthel, Donato Mancini (New Star)
Sitcom, David McGimpsey (Coach House)
Up on the Roof, P.K. Page (Porcupine’s Quill)
Bix’s Trumpet, Dave Margoshes (NeWest)
Six Ways to Sunday, Christian McPherson (Nightwood)
Long After Fathers, Roberta Rees (Coteau)
Black Rabbit, Salvatore Difalco (Anvil)
Seven Openings of the Head, Liane Keightley (conundrum)
Long Story Short, Elyse Friedman (Anansi)
The Outlander, Gil Adamson (Anansi)
Orphan Love, Nadia Bozak (Key Porter)
The Milk Chicken Bomb, Andrew Wedderburn (Coach House)
Big White Knuckles, Brian Tucker (Vagrant)
Crown Shyness, Curtis Gillespie (Brindle & Glass)
Soucouyant, David Chariandy (Arsenal Pulp)
The Reckoning of Boston Jim, Claire Mulligan (Brindle & Glass)More here.