Blue Me­trop­o­lis

Poets and Writers - - Grants & Awards - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL LIT­ER­ARY GRAND PRIZE

Anita De­sai of New York City won the 2017 Blue Me­trop­o­lis In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­ary Grand Prize. De­sai, whose most re­cent work is The Artist of Dis­ap­pear­ance: Three Novel­las (Houg­ton Mif­flin Har­court, 2011), re­ceived $10,000 CAD (ap­prox­i­mately $7,800) and travel ex­penses to par­tic­i­pate in the 2017 Blue Me­trop­o­lis Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val in Mon­treal. Marie-Célie Ag­nant, Robert Lévesque, Sean Michaels, Elaine Kal­man Naves, and Stephen Pow­ell judged. The an­nual award hon­ors the life­time lit­er­ary achieve­ment of a poet, a fic­tion writer, or a cre­ative non­fic­tion writer. There is no ap­pli­ca­tion process.

PREMIO ME­TROP­O­LIS AZUL LIT­ER­ARY PRIZE

Fran­cisco Gold­man of Mex­ico City and New York City won the fourth an­nual Premio Me­trop­o­lis Azul Lit­er­ary Prize for his mem­oir The In­te­rior Cir­cuit: A Mex­ico City Chron­i­cle (Grove, 2015). He re­ceived $5,000 CAD (ap­prox­i­mately $3,900) and travel ex­penses to par­tic­i­pate in the 2017 Blue Me­trop­o­lis Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val in Mon­treal. In­grid Be­jer­man, Gre­gory McCormick, Ruth Shine, and Ginny Stike­man judged. The an­nual award is given for a work of fic­tion or non­fic­tion writ­ten in English, French, or Span­ish that ex­plores some as­pect of His­panophone cul­ture or his­tory. There is no ap­pli­ca­tion process.

WORDS TO CHANGE PRIZE

Im­bolo Mbue of New York City won the third an­nual Words to Change Prize for her novel, Be­hold the Dreamers (Ran­dom House, 2016). She re­ceived $5,000

CAD (ap­prox­i­mately $3,900) and travel ex­penses to par­tic­i­pate in the 2017 Blue Me­trop­o­lis Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val in Mon­treal. The an­nual award is given for one or more works of fic­tion or non­fic­tion that pro­mote the val­ues of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and lin­guis­tic, eth­nic, or re­li­gious di­ver­sity. There is no ap­pli­ca­tion process.

FIRST PEO­PLES LIT­ER­ARY PRIZE

David Treuer of Los An­ge­les won the third an­nual First Peo­ples Lit­er­ary Prize for his novel Pru­dence (Thorndike Press, 2015). He re­ceived $5,000 CAD (ap­prox­i­mately $3,900) and travel ex­penses to par­tic­i­pate in the 2017 Blue Me­trop­o­lis Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val in Mon­treal. The an­nual award is given for a book by a writer who is First Na­tions, Métis, or Inuit of Canada. There is no ap­pli­ca­tion process.

LIT­ER­ARY DI­VER­SITY PRIZE FOR A FIRST PUB­LI­CA­TION

Xue Yi­wei of Mon­treal won the sec­ond an­nual Lit­er­ary Di­ver­sity Prize for a First Pub­li­ca­tion for his novel, Shen­zhen­ers (Linda Leith Edi­tions, 2016). He re­ceived $3,000 CAD (ap­prox­i­mately $2,340). Ghayas Hachem, Marie-An­drée La­mon­tagne, and Rod­ney Saint-Éloi judged. The an­nual award, cospon­sored by the Con­seil des arts de Mon­tréal, is given for a first book in any genre writ­ten in English or French by a Mon­tre­al­based writer who is a first- or sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion mi­grant from a mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity. There is no ap­pli­ca­tion process.

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