Entries are now open for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. The winner of the prize will receive a cash prize of CA $20,000 (approximately US $19,500 or GBP £ 12,900). The prize is open to original, unpublished poems up to 40 lines long. Entrants can be from anywhere in the world and do not need to be previously published poets.
The Los Angeles Times first awarded book prizes in 1980. The 2013 Los Angeles Time Book Prizes will be awarded to the best books across ten categories, published in the United States in the previous calendar year.
Uniquely, the categories include genres popular with readers such as Mystery/Thriller and Graphic Novel / Comics, as well as more traditional literary categories such as poetry and biography.
The shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced for 2012. Six books are shortlisted in each of three categories – picture books, fiction for 5 to 12 year olds, and books for teens.
The Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize was first awarded in 2005 by the bookchain that shares its name (though for the first two years of the Prize’s existence it was know as the Ottakar Children’s Book Prize before those stores were rebranded). Uniquely, the Prize is only open to authors who have published no more than three books, with the aim of uncovering hidden talent in children’s writing.
Much of the initial media attention has focused on Geoff Rodkey, whose debut novel The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise has been nominated in the 5 to 12 category. Rodkey is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter whose writing credits included the animated series Beavis and Butt-head and comedy film Daddy Day Care.