Call for Submissions: Joy Kogawa Award for Fiction – Dateline August 15

Submit before midnight August 15, 2022
Send 10 pages of your original, unpublished (print or online) fiction in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
Short List: Top six entries
2nd and 3rd place Winners: Honourable Mention
First place Winner: $1000

Judge: Catherine With
Jury Members: Hannah McReady & Fauzia Rafique

Cathleen With is an author and educator who has published two books of fiction. Her novel, ‘Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison‘, was a BC Book Prize winner, and her short story collection ‘Skids‘ was a Relit finalist that is now optioned for film.

Hannah Macready is a writer and editor whose articles and stories have been published in Canada, UK and the USA. In 2017, she received the Maurice Hodgson Award for Creative Distinction. She writes regular web content for Douglas College’s EVENT Magazine.

Joy Kogawa Award for Fiction is open to Canadian citizens, members of Indigenous nations, landed immigrants, permanent residents, refugee applicants, and international students in Canada.

We encourage people of colour, LGBTQ+, disabled, and financially challenged writers to participate.

View Eligibility Criteria and Submission Guidelines at the link below: https://surreymuseawards.wordpress.com/fiction-award/

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Boshra Rasti – Surrey Muse

Boshra Rasti is an Iranian Canadian fiction writer, poet and educator who has published novels, short stories and poems. Her two novels Surrogate Colony, and its sequel, Surrogate Code, explore a post-pandemic fantasy world where, among other things, people’s right to love has been constricted. Her short stories have been published by Grattan Street Press, Literally Stories, and South Florida Poetry Journal. Boshra’s published poems include, ‘Connection in the City’, a poem about the city of Surrey in Canada, and ‘In the Chrysalis’, a poem on the COVID-19 pandemic published in Together…Apart, an anthology of creative works by HBKU Press. Boshra received a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Royal Roads University. Raised in British Columbia, she now lives and teaches in Qatar.

Visit Boshra’s website
boshrawrites.com
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info@boshrawrites.com

At the June 24, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Boshra will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: friday-june-24

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Don McLellan – Surrey Muse

Don McLellan is a Vancouver based journalist and writer who has published three volumes of short fiction. His most recent title, ‘Ouch: 20 Stories’ (Page Count Press, 2020) was a finalist for the 2021 Whistler Independent Book Award while his first short story collection ‘In the Quiet After Slaughter’ (Libros Libertad, 2008) was a finalist for the 2009 ReLit Award. In 2015, he published ‘Brunch with the Jackals’ at Thistledown Press. Don has worked as a journalist in Canada, South Korea, and Hong Kong. His literary or journalistic work has been nominated, listed, was a finalist or was honourably mentioned for a Western Canada Magazine Award, a Tabbies International Editorial Award, a Kenneth R. Wilson Memorial Award, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (twice), and a Pushcart Prize.

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Surrey Muse Art and Literature Awards

Press Release, November 16, 2021

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To celebrate our 10th Anniversary this month, Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) is introducing five art and literature awards in the areas of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, music, and visual arts. Beginning November 2022, these country-wide annual Awards will be open to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, permanent residents, refugees, and international students. Submissions will begin in June 2022 with a $10 Anniversary-Special entry fee. Prize Money will be $1,000 each. Winners will be selected by independent judges. Submission Guidelines and other details will be made available in the Spring of 2022.

The awards are as follows:
Vera Manuel Award for Poetry
Joy Kogawa Award for Fiction
Susan Crean Award for Nonfiction
Faith Nolan Award for Music
Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts

In naming these awards, we pay tribute to Vera Manuel, Joy Kogawa, Susan Crean, Faith Nolan and Norval Morrisseau for their talents, skills, understandings, and struggles. Each one, through their art, has pointed to historic injustices and inequalities in our society, and in that, they are miracle makers creating art, at once, of resistance and healing. As well, for us, naming Surrey Muse Awards in honour of such unique artists brings forth the diversity and scope of Canadian art and literature- giving us a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our mandate of nurturing art and literature by encouraging an inclusive, fair, and equal cultural environment.

Vera Manuel

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Vera Manuel (1948 – 2010), Butterfly Woman (Kulilu Paⱡki), a poet, playwright, and drama therapist in British Columbia, worked through the inter-generational trauma of Residential Schools and its impact on individuals and communities using her poetry, drama, stage craft, spoken word, and storytelling. ‘For years’, Vera said, ‘I used my poetry as a tool to help people to heal and never thought to publish it or to use it for any other purpose.’ Her play ‘The Strength of Indian Women’ was published in ‘Two Plays about Indian Residential Schools’ (1998/2018). Her writings were anthologized and published in magazines, however, most of her work was published posthumously in ‘Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry – Vera Manuel’ (University of Manitoba Press, 2019). We dedicate the Poetry Award to Vera Manuel to express our gratitude for her undying, healing, and passionate poetic voice.
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Joy Kogawa

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Joy Kogawa is a novelist, YA writer and poet born in 1935 to Japanese Canadian parents in Vancouver. During WWII, in 1942, young Joy and her family were evicted from their home and forced to move to an internment camp, an aggression suffered at the time by some 22,000 Japanese Canadians. Years later, Joy challenged this historic injustice in a profound and masterful exposition: her 1981 novel, Obasan. Her art compelled a public recognition of this issue highlighting the power of written word. Later, her ancestral home was developed as a writers residence titled the Historic Joy Kogawa House. Joy was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986, a Member of the Order of British Columbia in 2006, and in 2010, she received the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan. We dedicate the Fiction Award to Joy Kogawa to express our awe for her disarmingly simple yet utterly profound art of storytelling.
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Susan Crean

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Susan Crean is a cultural critic, author, and activist working in British Columbia and Ontario for over 30 years. A pioneer of creative non-fiction in Canada, Susan’s expertise in Canadian history, art, and culture is evident in her essays, biographies, and memoir. She is the author of seven books, the first, Who’s Afraid of Canadian Culture, appeared in 1976 while her next major work, The Laughing One – A Journey to Emily Carr, was nominated for a Governor General’s award and won a BC Book Prize in 2001. Susan published her memoir, Finding Mr. Wong, in 2018, a work that recreates the life of her family’s cook, Wong Dong Wong. It reached the top 10 list of Best Canadian History books by Canada`s History magazine. We dedicate the Nonfiction Award to Susan Crean for her artistic expression that gives a warm and passionate voice to her factual narrative.
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Faith Nolan

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Faith Nolan is a singer/songwriter, filmmaker and an arts activist of Black Mi’kmaq Irish heritage who was born in Africville, Nova Scotia, settling in Toronto, Ontario. A self-taught musician, she has recorded 16 CDs exploring themes of human rights and social change. Her music has been described as a mix of blues, folk and jazz, with a taste of funk and reggae. To Faith, her music is her political work, and her politics is firmly rooted in her perspectives as a coal miner’s daughter, working-class, mixed-race Queer. Faith has founded various choirs, music groups and organizations in Ontario including CUPE Freedom Singers, Voices of Freedom Vanier Women Prisoner Singers, and, the Singing Elementary Teachers of Toronto to create music for children from various cultures. We dedicate the Music Award to Faith Nolan for her compelling musicality that holds the rhythms and lyrics of her revolutionary songs.
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Norval Morrisseau

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Norval Morrisseau (1932 – 2007), Copper Thunderbird, who founded the Woodland School of Art, is also called the grandfather of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada. In the 1960s, Morrisseau shattered societal, sexual, and commonly held stereotypes and prejudices, and in the face of intense discrimination, he created a style that was all his own, an artistic vocabulary that inspired a new art movement. A prominent member of the Indian Group of Seven, in 1978, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts where he was given a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He is the only Indigenous artist to have had a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. We dedicate the Visual Arts Award to Norval Morrisseau to express our gratitude for the color, the shapes, and the tremendous depth he gave to Canadian visual art.
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Surrey Muse is an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation group that was founded by four artists of Color in Surrey in November 2011. Mandated to inclusivity and equality, it held 3-hour salon-style monthly gatherings featuring authors, poets and artist/performers, with discussions and open mic sessions. In 2016, for its fifth anniversary, two additional programs were introduced: Surrey Muse At Large and Surrey Muse Writers. The group registered itself as Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) in 2019.

‘This is great news. I love that the awards program supports the interdisciplinary spirit and legacy of Surrey Muse. Congratulations on launching these awards.’
Jordan Strom, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, Surrey Art Gallery

‘Surrey Muse has done an amazing job over the past 10 years. It has built a community where none existed before. Its success is evident both in the fact that it has been taking place month to month for the past 10 years with a positive response from and participation by its community. Its community has continued to grow which only speaks to its importance.’
Randeep, Co-Founder & Secretary/Treasurer, Surrey Muse Arts Society 

‘The estate of Norval Morrisseau wishes to congratulate Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) for presenting the first ever Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts. We look forward to following this program, and we thank the Surrey Muse Awards for their hard work and dedication to young artists.’
Cory Dingle, CEO, The Estate of Norval Morrisseau

View a feature by Tom Zillich at Surrey Now-Leader
Surrey Muse celebrates 10th year with arts awards honouring 5 Canadian ‘miracle makers’

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Haider Shahbaz – Surrey Muse

Haider Shahbaz is a translator, writer and a student of literature. A recipient of the 2020 Jawad Memorial Prize for Urdu-English translation, he has received awards and fellowships from American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), University of East Anglia, and the Black Mountain Institute. Haider is the translator of Mirza Athar Baig’s novel, Hassan’s State of Affairs (HarperCollins India, 2019). His other translations have appeared in Asymptote, Words Without Borders, Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. At this time, in addition to his current translation projects, he is doing a PhD in comparative literature at UCLA.

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At the October 22, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Haider Shahbaz will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: friday-oct-22

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