For the three years NorthWords has been awarding the $1000 NorthWords Prize to an exceptional book set in the NWT. Until now, books written by NorthWords board members, staff and their close families have been ineligible for the Prize. This rule was included to ensure that NorthWords would not be guilty of nepotism or favouritism.
However, many of our northern writers have chosen to become involved with NorthWords as staff or board members. We encourage this. It ensures that NorthWords keeps going, supports writers in what is mostly a lonely occupation and helps writers give back to the northern writing community. It seems unfair that those writers who give their time to NorthWords should be penalized by having their books disqualified for the Prize. This rule also has the effect of narrowing the field of eligible books.
So we’ve decided to change the rule. Starting with the 2013 Prize, all books with strong NWT settings or themes will be eligible for the NorthWords Prize, as long as their authors live in the NWT and have lived here for one year prior to the end of the year when the book is published or have been raised and/or schooled in the NWT and maintain strong ties to the NWT.
To keep the process fair and transparent, the winning book will be chosen by and independent panel of judges.
If you have published or are publishing a book about the NWT in 2012, please consider submitting it for the 2013 NorthWords Prize. For full guidelines, please go here.
NorthWords thanks De Beers Canada for its sponsorship of this Prize.