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Koffler Centre for the Arts launches Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature

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Readers have long enjoyed the fantastic works of numerous talented Jewish Canadian authors, a tradition that includes icons like Mordecai Richler, Matt Cohen, Helen Weinzweig and many more. In order to honour that legacy and reward excellence in contemporary Jewish Literature, the Koffler Centre of the Arts has just announced the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.

The new prize will replace the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards that the Centre administrated for over twenty years. The Helen and Stan Vine Awards took a brief hiatus last year while the prize was re-jigged. Past winners include Anna Porter, Peter C. Newman, Alison Pick, Anne Michaels and many other acclaimed Canadian authors.

The newly branded prize will honour the best Jewish Canadian writing in four categories; fiction, non-fiction, history and young adult/children’s literature. Each category will carry a prize of $10,000. Additionally, a $10,000 prize for poetry will be awarded every three years.

The awards are sponsored by the Lillian and Norman Glowinsky Family Foundation as a tribute to Lillian’s parents, Helen and Stan Vine.

For publishers, both 2014 and 2015 publications are eligible for this year's award, and the submission deadline is June 3, 2016.

The shortlist for the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature will be announced in August 2016, with the winners announced in Fall 2016.

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a Jewish cultural organization that presents a cross-disciplinary, contemporary arts program encouraging inquiry and exploration. Learn more about their programs, including the Vine Awards, at their website.

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