Prize Books

Now in its third year of operation, The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence (phew) has more to give than ever before.

In addition to receiving $1000, publication, and the seal of approval from our prestigious judges, Margaret Atwood and Zsuzsi Gartner, winners in the categories of fiction and poetry also receive a whole whack of prize books—57 each, in fact!

Each set of books is drawn from 18 awesome publishers, who have each kindly donated 26 titles to the award. In a sense, the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize is a true writer’s award—winning means receiving a substantial boost to your personal library. Valued now at over $800, it’s more than most working writers can afford to spend on books in an entire year.

More importantly, these prize books also act as a fantastic encapsulation (and time capsul) of CanLit in 2014, as aside from a few notable exceptions, almost all books are released by (mostly small!) Canadian-owned presses and written by Canadian authors. As chance had it, our last two winners were both American, and both were thrilled to receive such a robust introduction to the world of CanLit poetry and fiction.

So without further ado, here is the full list of prize books available to both of our winners:

Our Fiction Winner Receives the Following 57 Prize Books!

Polyamorous Love Song by Jacob Wren (BookThug)

Air Carnation by Guadalupe Muro (BookThug)

I Don’t Know How to Behave by Michael Blouin (BookThug)

*Poetry Title: Bite down Little Whisper by Don Domanski (Brick Books)

*Poetry Title: The Lost Letters by Catherine Greenwood (Brick Books)

*Poetry Title: Invisible Dogs by Barry Dempster (Brick Books)

The Dove in Bathurst Station by Patricia Westerhof (Brindle & Glass)

The Unfinished Child by Theresa Shea (Brindle & Glass)

Jane and the Whales by Andrea Routley (Caitlin Press)

Mantis Dreams by Adam Pottle (Caitlin Press)

Hideout Hotel by Janine Alyson Young (Caitlin Press)

The Desmond Book of the Dead by Claire Latremouille (Chaudiere Books)

The Uncertainty Principle by rob mclennan (Chaudiere Books)

Ground Rules: The Best of the Second Decade of above/ground press 2003–2013 by Various (Chaudiere Books)

The Lizard and Other Stories by Michael Bryson (Chaudiere Books)

Cosmo by Spencer Gordon (Coach House Books)

All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman (Coach House Books)

The City Still Breathing by Matthew Heiti (Coach House Books)

The Fledglings by David Homel (Cormorant Books)

The Geography of Pluto by Christopher DiReddo (Cormorant Books)

Just beneath My Skin by Darren Green (Cormorant Books)

Sweet Life by Linda Biasotto (Coteau Books)

Letters to Omar by Rachel Wyatt (Coteau Books)

Fields of Exile by Nora Gold (Dundurn Press)

Projection by Priscilla Uppal (Dundurn Press)

Black Rock: An Eddie Dougherty Mystery by John McFetridge (ECW Press)

The Colonial Hotel by Jonathan Bennett (ECW Press)

Waiting for the Man by Arjun Basu (ECW Press)

Are You Ready to Be Lucky? by Rosemary Nixon (Freehand Press)

Boundary Problems by Greg Bechtel (Freehand Press)

The Dilettantes by Michael Hingston (Freehand Press)

Fatal Light Awareness by John O’Neill (Guernica Editions)

The Goat in the Tree by Lorne Elliott (Guernica Editions)

Bombay Wail and Other Stories by Veena Gokhale (Guernica Editions)

My Grandmother’s Pill by Lisa Pike (Guernica Editions)

Loddy-Dah by Dolly Dennis (Guernica Editions)

The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)

Artful by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)

Born with a Tooth by Joseph Boyden (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)

Better Living through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)

Juliet Was a Surprise by Bill Gaston (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)

El Nino by Nadia Bozak (House of Anansi)

All the Rage by A.L. Kennedy (House of Anansi)

Serafim and Claire by Mark Lavorato (House of Anansi)

The Walking Tanteek by Jane Woods (Goose Lane Editions)

Jonas in Frames by Chris Hutchinson (Goose Lane Editions)

Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi (Goose Lane Editions)

Dear Leaves, I Miss You All by Sara Heinonen (Mansfield Press)

Flip Turn by Paula Eisenstein (Mansfield Press)

The Art of Sufficient Conclusions by Sarah Dearing (Mansfield Press)

The Outside World by Barry Dempster (Pedlar Press)

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl (Random House)

Once We Had a Country by Robert McGill (Random House)

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Random House)

Siege 13 by Tamas Dobozy (Thomas Allen Publishers)

Prize Books

A sampling of the fiction titles available to be won.

Our Poetry Winner Receives the Following 57 Prize Books!

The Counting House by Sandra Ridley (BookThug)

Here in There by Angela Carr (BookThug)

Life Experience Coolant by Colin Fulton (BookThug)

Bite down Little Whisper by Don Domanski (Brick Books)

The Lost Letters by Catherine Greenwood (Brick Books)

Invisible Dogs by Barry Dempster (Brick Books)

*Fiction Title: When is a Man by Aaron Shepard (Brindle & Glass)

*Fiction Title: The Pull of the Moon by Julie Paul (Brindle & Glass)

Black Liquor by Dennis E. Bolen (Caitlin Press)

Dreamland Theatre by Rob Budde (Caitlin Press)

Steeling Effects by Jane Byers (Caitlin Press)

Movements in Jars by Meghan Jackson (Chaudiere Books)

Been Shed Bore by Pearl Pirie (Chaudiere Books)

Everything Is Movies by Nicholas Lea (Chaudiere Books)

Needs Improvement by Jon Paul Fiorentino (Coach House Books)

A Pretty Sight by David O’Meara (Coach House Books)

Need Machine by Andrew Faulkner (Coach House Books)

Looking East over My Shoulder by Jill Jorgenson (Cormorant Books)

When We Were Old by Peter Unwin (Cormorant Books)

In the Tiger Park by Alison Calder (Coteau Books)

Interruptions in Glass by Tracy Hamon (Coteau Books)

Masham Means Evening by Kanina Dawson (Coteau Books)

The Trouble with Beauty by Bruce Rice (Coteau Books)

Failure to Thrive by Suzannah Showler (ECW Press)

Knife Throwing through Self-Hypnosis by Robin Richardson (ECW Press)

Designated Mourner by Catherine Owen (ECW Press)

*Fiction Title: Are You Ready to Be Lucky? by Rosemary Nixon (Freehand Press)

*Fiction Title: Boundary Problems by Greg Bechtel (Freehand Press)

*Fiction Title: The Dilettantes by Michael Hingston (Freehand Press)

Exile at Last: Selected Poems by Chava Rosenfarb (Guernica Editions)

Forecast by Clara Blackwood (Guernica Editions)

Skinny-Dipping with the Muse by Ellen S. Jaffe (Guernica Editions)

Fugitive Horizons by Henry Beissel (Guernica Editions)

I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems Edited by Ruth Roach Pierson (Guernica Editions)

The Daring of Paradise by Brian Day (Guernica Editions)

Sun Bear by Matthew Zapruder (House of Anansi)

The Quiet by Anne-Marie Turza (House of Anansi)

For Tamara by Sarah Lang (House of Anansi)

how the gods pour tea by Lynn Davies (icehouse poetry [Goose Lane Editions])

Bit Parts for Fools by Peter Richardson (icehouse poetry [Goose Lane Editions])

Polari by John Barton (icehouse poetry [Goose Lane Editions])

Moon Baboon Canoe by Gary Barwin (Mansfield Press)

Our Days in Vaudeville by Stuart Ross (Mansfield Press)

What the World Said by Jason Camlot (Mansfield Press)

Complete Surprising Fragments of Improbable Books by Stephen Brockwell (Mansfield Press)

Monkey Soap by Glen Downie (Mansfield Press)

Shouting Your Name down the Well by David W. McFadden (Mansfield Press)

Yaw by Dani Couture (Mansfield Press)

Complicity by Adam Sol (McClelland & Stewart)

Supplying Salt and Light by Lorna Goodison (McClelland & Stewart)

Origami Dove by Susan Musgrave (McClelland & Stewart)

Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement by Ronna Bloom (Pedlar Press)

Slow Curve out by Maureen Scott Harris (Pedlar Press)

Whisk by Yoko’s Dogs (Collaboration) (Pedlar Press)

The April Poems by Leon Rooke (Porcupine’s Quill)

Slack Action by Jeffery Donaldson (Porcupine’s Quill)

The Sea with No One in It by Niki Koulouris (Porcupine’s Quill)

Prize Books

A sampling of the poetry titles available to be won.

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