HarperCollinsPublishers/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction

This prize, which includes literary representation and publication, is offered by HarperCollinsPublishers Canada and the CookeMcDermid Agency. All current students and alumni of the UBC Creative Writing program are eligible to enter.

Prize Winners & Shortlists

2016

Winner: BLOOD ROAD by Ellen Keith. Published by HarperCollins Publishers as THE DUTCH WIFE in 2018.

Shortlist:

BLOOD ROAD by Ellen Keith

TOUBABOU by Josiah Neufeld

THE EDIBLE AND THE BEAUTEOUS AND THE DEAD  by Anneliese Schultz

2015

Winner: AT THE TOP OF THE WALL, ALIGHT by Natalie Morrill. Published by HarperCollins Publishers as THE GHOST KEEPER in 2018.

Shortlist:

BETWEEN THE WIND AND US by Nazanine Hozar

LEARNING TO BREATHE (YA fiction) by Janice Lynn Mather

AT THE TOP OF THE WALL, ALIGHT by Natalie Morrill

2014

Winner: IN THE PLACE OF SILENCE by Chelsea Bolan. Published by HarperCollins Publishers as THE GOOD SISTER in 2016.

Shortlist:

IN THE PLACE OF SILENCE by Chelsea Bolan

AT THE TOP OF THE WALL, ALIGHT by Natalie Morrill

GOTH GIRLS OF BANFF (stories) by John O’Neill

2013

Winner: BOOK OF SANDS by Karim Alrawi. Published by HarperCollins Publishers in 2015.

Shortlist:

BOOK OF SANDS by Karim Alrawi

BLUE LIKE HEAVEN by Michelle Kaeser

THE CANTILEVERED UNIVERSE by Kirsten Madsen

 


2018 Prize Information

April 30, 2018

To prospective entrants of the HarperCollinsPublishersLtd/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction,

It is my pleasure to invite submissions from current UBC students and alumni for consideration in the 2018 prize for best new fiction. HarperCollins is proud to continue our collaboration with the UBC Creative Writing Program and with the agency CookeMcDermid on this award. Our first four years of awarding this prize have culminated in outstanding shortlists and winners, reflecting the strength and talent found in the MFA program. In 2018, HarperCollins is proud to be publishing both Ellen Keith’s The Dutch Wife, to which rights have been sold in the US, the Czech Republic and Holland, and Natalie Morrill’s The Ghost Keeper. Our congratulations to these authors and to all of you for your excellent work.

Going forward, the HarperCollinsPublishersLtd/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction will be presented bi-annually. Please do consider submitting your work this year. The next opportunity will be in 2020.

We are looking forward to discovering our next shortlist and winner for 2018. The prize Rules and Regulations are available through the UBC Creative Writing program, but in short, submissions are open for a manuscript of no less than 60,000 words, for novels or short stories, starting April 30, 2018 until July 2, 2018. The winner, chosen by CookeMcDermid and the editorial team of HarperCollins, will be offered representation by CookeMcDermid and a standard contract to publish from HarperCollins, with a negotiated advance. The shortlisted authors will all have the opportunity to engage in an editorial discussion about their work with a HarperCollins editor. We will notify a shortlist by the end of August and the winner by mid-October.

We hope you will submit your work or work-in-progress. The rules and regulations for the prize can be found below. The submission contact is bestnewfictionprize@cookemcdermid.com. Alix Ohlin at UBC (alix.ohlin@ubc.ca) can help you with questions.

Iris Tupholme
Senior Vice President and Executive Publisher
HarperCollinsPublishersLtd


Please review the following files (Word format) for more information:

HCC UBC Prize Rules and Regulations 2018

HC UBC Prize announcement