2016 Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market & bpNichol Chapbook Award Announcement

Saturday November 19, 2016 • 11am-4:30pm
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre • 427 Bloor Street West

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The Meet the Presses collective is pleased to present its annual fall market on Saturday November 19, 2016 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

The Indie Literary Market is a curated event that showcases exciting literary presses and magazines, from some of the tiniest of micropresses to some of the biggest small presses, selling books, leaflets, broadsides, chapbooks, zines, journals, CDs, and more. The Market gives the general public an opportunity to peruse — and buy — some of the best of Canadian literature, much of which isn’t available in the ever-dwindling bookstores.
The Market will also feature the announcement of the winner of the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award! Shortlist will be announced soon!
Participating publishers and mags will be announced shortly.
Facebook event page can be found here.

 

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❡ Call for submissions to the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award ❡

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The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2015), and the poet must be Canadian.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of eligible chapbooks. Translations into English from other languages are eligible.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2016 Submission Form from our web site at submission-form-the-bpnichol-chapbook-award-2016), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award is May 31, 2016. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by June 30, 2016, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

 

Lissa Wolsak wins $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Celebrating 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks

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TORONTO – November 14, 2015 – The Meet the Presses Collective announced today that Lissa Wolsak (Vancouver, British Columbia) has won the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Of Beings Alone: The Eigenface, published by Nomados Press. This is the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook.

The prize was awarded at the 2015 Indie Literary Market, held at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. The Market is a curated event that introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. Though Wolsak was unable to attend in person, friend and poet David Dowker accepted the $4,000 prize on her behalf. Here’s an excerpt from her acceptance speech:

“In 1988 I twice heard bpNichol indirectly call my name. I was spellbound by both his performances. Poetry was to become my lasting love and my entire future’s immersion. My wholehearted and warmest gratitude to Meet the Presses Collective, for this splendid acknowledgement and gift!”

Thanks to a generous annual donation from Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, the publisher of the winning work, Nomados Press, also received $500. Here is a quote from their acceptance speech:

“Nomados Literary Publishers is tremendously proud that Lissa Wolsak is receiving the bp Nichol Chapbook Award this year. We are very honoured to have helped this book into the world, and constantly grateful that the bpNichol Chapbook Award continues to encourage micropublishers like us across Canada to extend the map of the real, and to enhance and enlarge the very existence of a vibrant and unorthodox Canadian writing.”

Judges Alice Burdick (Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia) and Karl Jirgens (Windsor, Ontario) chose the prize finalists from 68 submissions from across the country. This year’s other shortlisted poets are:

Nelson Ball, A Gathering (BookThug)

Jason Christie, Cursed Objects (above/ground press)

Phil Hall, Notes from Gethsemani (Nomados Press)

Ben Ladouceur, Lime Kiln Quay Road (above/ground press)

Matt Rader, I Don’t Want to Die Like Frank O’Hara (baseline press)

Of Wolsak’s winning collection, the judges remarked: “This is a wonderfully lucid narrative that takes the reader through the web of perception. Wolsak’s delicate precise language shapes the text – and leads us through both solid and sense worlds. Such a strange and effective articulation of the mysteries of existence.”

About the Prize:

Awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, the bpNichol Chapbook Award goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages – published in Canada in the previous year. The award is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol, who was the original co-judge of the award 30 years ago.

About Meet the Presses:

Meet the Presses is a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The Collective is proud to administer the bpNichol Chapbook Award each year, supporting those who make the artistic choice to publish in chapbook form.

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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Media contact: Susannah Ames, susannah.p.ames@gmail.com or 647-991-5349

London Free Press writes about Karen Schindler’s Baseline Press

Meet the Presses is pleased to see that Baseline Press and bpNichol Chapbook Award Nominee Matt Rader are receiving coverage from the London Free Press:

“A small London publisher is making big waves in the world of chapbooks.

A chapbook of a Kelowna-based poet’s work published by Karen Schindler’s Baseline Press has been shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award.

Kelowna-based poet Matt Rader’s collection, I Don’t Want to Die Like Frank O’Hara, is one of six chapbooks shortlisted for the award that carries a $4,000 prize for the poet, $500 for the publisher.”

Click here to read the full article on the website of the London Free Press.

Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

Celebrating 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks, award to be presented at 2015 Indie Literary Market

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TORONTO – October 21, 2015 – The Meet the Presses collective is excited to announce the finalists for the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award. The prize, awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol.

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the purse doubled to $4,000 in 2014, making it the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook — a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, both of whom were friends of bpNichol.

Judges Alice Burdick of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, and Karl Jirgens of Windsor, Ontario, chose the finalists from 68 submissions from across the country. The judges felt this year’s entries included many excellent works and some remarkable book designs, commenting: “It was difficult to choose from this wealth of literary riches.”

The finalists for the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Nelson Ball, A Gathering (BookThug)

Jason Christie, Cursed Objects (above/ground press)

Phil Hall, Notes from Gethsemani (Nomados Press)

Ben Ladouceur, Lime Kiln Quay Road (above/ground press)

Matt Rader, I Don’t Want to Die Like Frank O’Hara (baseline press)

Lissa Wolsak, Of Beings Alone: The Eigenface (Nomados Press)

The winner will be announced at 2 pm on November 14, 2015, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. which runs from 11:30 am to 5 pm at the Tranzac Club, at 292 Brunswick Avenue, in Toronto. The Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. The event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

“This award is particularly important now, three decades after its inception,” says collective member Stuart Ross. “In an era when everyone seems constantly online, it’s exciting that there is still such vital passion for poetry on the printed page, especially in such an esoteric and utterly non-commercial form as the chapbook. And that the pioneering spirit of bpNichol continues to be such an influence on writers, including many born after his death.”

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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For more information and interview opportunities, contact:

Susannah Ames, susannah.p.ames@gmail.com or 647-991-5349

Call for submissions to the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award

bpNicholChapbookAwardLogoThe bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2014), and the poet must be Canadian.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2015 Submission Form), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is May 29, 2015. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by June 30, 2015, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

Meet the Presses announces the winner of the $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award

TORONTO, Ontario (November 24, 2014) – The winner of the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award was announced at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market on November 22, 2014, at the Tranzac Club. The prize is named for the late poet, novelist, and indie publisher bpNichol, and goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year. This year, thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the prize purse doubled to $4000, making it the third largest national prize in Canada for a single collection of poetry, and the largest prize of its kind for a chapbook. The publisher of the winning title receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

The finalists for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Government: Jason Christie (above/ground press)

Life Savings: Mat Laporte (Odourless Press)

pleasantries and other misdemeanours: Christine McNair (Apt. 9 Press)

a fist made and then unmade: matt robinson (Gaspereau Press)

Oilywood: Christine Leclerc (Nomados)

X: Phil Hall (Thee Hellbox Press)

2014 Judges: Kevin McPherson Eckhoff and Sandra Ridley.

The winner is Christine Leclerc, for Oilywood, published by Nomados. Leclerc, a Vancouver poet, was unable to attend the ceremony in person but friend and poet Elizabeth Ross accepted the prize on her behalf.

Judges Comments:

Christine Leclerc’s Oilywood (Nomados) is an optimistic condamnation of the profit of language. We believe in a book that pipes “oohoohoo” from the Burrard Inlet to El Paso, keeping the bitumen where it belongs: safely below the immiscible & embodied giggles of humans being. Or maybe the book is a necessary “bone star” rowboat butting against the sour gas supertanker spin of corporate PR. Or maybe it’s the phosphate-free soap that scrubs our fossil fuel-soaked “customer commitment”. Mischievous, cooperative, and viscous, these poems offer a different kind of energy company.

Publisher’s Acceptance Speech:

The bpNichol Chapbook Award is a good way to remember a groundbreaker in Canada’s literary community. bp was legendary for encouraging beginning writers, for collaborating on all sorts of projects, for inspiring through his workshops, and for bending letters and words in any way they might go. He was a leader and a catalyst for Canadian innovative writing and the literary community generally. Many in Vancouver, including Peter and I, followed his work and were horrified and saddened at his early death. We are honoured to share in remembering bp in this way, and to have published the winner of the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award. We’re thrilled for our author Christine Leclerc and her book *Oilywood*, so timely in the fight against big oil. And we’re glad that we can contribute in this way to keeping alive the flame that was bp’s spirit. Thank you to the judges and to everyone in the Meet the Presses collective for making this happen.

— Meredith & Peter Quartermain for Nomados

Meet the Presses is a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing publications produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The collective is proud to administer this important prize each year. The annual Indie Literary Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores.

Media Contact: Hazel Millar hazel@bookthug.ca 416-994-1891