Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Literary Prize for Indigenous Writers to Offer $25K in Awards

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Literary Prize for Indigenous Writers to Offer $25K in Awards

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Prize for Indigenous writers to offer $25K in awards

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TORONTO - A literary prize born out of a media scandal will bestow $25,000 in various awards to burgeoning Indigenous writers.

Organizers of the Indigenous Voices Awards are inviting submissions between Oct. 31 and until Jan. 31, 2018. The winners will be announced in Regina on May 31, 2018.

They say jurors will include Indigenous writers Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Gregory Scofield and Richard Van Camp, as well as poet Rodney Saint-Eloi and CBC Radio personality Shelagh Rogers.

It's the result of a crowdfunding campaign that emerged this summer after an editorial in Write magazine argued in favour of "cultural appropriation."

That was followed by a social media debate in which several media executives tweeted that they would help fund an "appropriation prize. …

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