Eligibility and Submissions
a. Declaration of Indigenous Identity and Eligibility: Given the damaging impact of cultural appropriation on Indigenous individuals, communities, and nations, we trust that applicants for the Indigenous Voices Awards will be willing to attest to and confirm their cultural connections. Applicants for Indigenous Voices Awards must make a declaration of Indigenous identity indicating their Indigenous cultural background and identifying the Indigenous (primarily First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit) community or communities with which they are affiliated. According to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues statement on Indigenous identity, the arbiter is “Self-identification as indigenous peoples at the individual level and accepted by the community as their member.” We recognize that various colonial policies have created diverse and complex contexts for Indigenous identities, and our purpose here is less to rigidly police identity claims than it is to recognize and engage the diversity of legitimate Indigenous experience. As our work is in relationship with the writers and literatures emerging from the lands now occupied by Canada, we prioritize First Nations, Métis, and Inuit writers for these awards, although we do welcome Canada-based writers with Indigenous affiliations from other parts of the world.
b. Definition of “Emerging” Writers: While for many people the category of “emerging writer” implies youth, ILSA and the prize committee recognize that there are Indigenous artists of diverse ages who are finding their voice as writers, including many older people and even quite a few elders. Our definition of “emerging” is not focused on age but on the writer’s history of publication. For the purposes of these awards, “emerging” refers to writers who are thus far unpublished or whose substantive publication history is seven years or less and who have published fewer than three books. Writers whose work is outside those parameters but who feel that they should be considered in this competition are asked to provide a brief statement of no more than 300 words on their eligibility. In such cases, the IVA Board will provide final determination of eligibility for the jury to consider. “Established” writers are those with a publishing history of more than seven years or that includes three or more published books (or the equivalent in an alternative format) at the point of submitting materials for the competition.
Work by Established Writers will not be considered in this year’s contest.
c. To be eligible for the Indigenous Voices Awards, authors must be Indigenous and must check a declaration of Indigenous identity (see above) when completing their application.
d. While we recognize the national borders of Canada and the United States to be colonial inventions imposed on Indigenous nations, the Indigenous Voices Awards have been initiated in response to the specific tenor of cultural politics in Canada in 2017. As such, while we do not require that applicants be “Canadian citizens,” to be eligible for these awards, however, applicants must demonstrate sustained connection to lands claimed by Canada and currently reside in Canada.
e. Authors’ work can be submitted for consideration in only ONE category of the Indigenous Voices Awards competition in a given year.
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f. Submissions for the “Indigenous Voices Awards for Unpublished Literary Art by Emerging Writers” are to to be entered by authors themselves.
g. Submissions for the “Most Significant Book of Prose by an Emerging Indigenous Writer” Award are to be entered by publishers, who may enter work by up to three authors for the prize.
h. Submissions for the “Most Significant Book of Poetry by an Emerging Indigenous Writer” Award are to be entered by publishers, who may enter work by up to three authors for the prize.
i. Submissions for the “Most Significant Book of Prose by an Emerging Indigenous Writer” Award and the “Most Significant Book of Poetry by an Emerging Indigenous Writer” Award must have been published between January 1st, 2017 and December 31st, 2017. Published work will be considered eligible for these awards provided it either appeared on the market between January 1st and December 31st of the year in question or bears an official publication date between January 1st and December 31st of the year in question.
j. Submissions for the “Most Significant Work in an Alternative Format by an Emerging Indigenous Writer” Award are to be entered by authors themselves. They too must have first been made public between January 1st, 2017 and December 31st, 2017.
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k. To be eligible for these awards authors must have published no more than one book-length work in their publishing careers at the time of submission.
l. Submissions cannot have been published or accepted for publication as of 31 December 2017. We do not consider personal blogs to constitute publication. We do not consider self-publication to constitute publication in the terms of this competition.
m. Textual submissions must be 25 double-spaced pages or less in 12-point Times Roman Font.
- Graphic or comic submissions must be 25-pages or less.
- Audio or Film-recorded pieces must be 10-minutes in length or fewer.
n. Reasonable efforts will be made by the Board to anonymize submissions to the “Indigenous Voices Awards for Unpublished Literary Art by Emerging Writers” prior to their receipt by members of the Jury.
INDIGENOUS VOICES AWARDS FOR PUBLISHED OR PERFORMED LITERARY ART BY EMERGING WRITERS
o. To be eligible for the “Most Significant Book of Prose by an Emerging Indigenous Writer,” the “Most Significant Book of Poetry by an Emerging Indigenous Writer,” or the “Most Significant Piece in an Alternative Format by an Emerging Indigenous Writer” Awards, authors must have a publishing history of no more than seven years.
p. Submissions to the “Most Significant Book of Prose by an Emerging Indigenous Writer” and the “Most Significant Book of Poetry by an Emerging Indigenous Writer” Awards are to be made by publishers. Publisher can submit books by up to three authors for consideration in each award competition. Publishers must include four copies of each book submitted to the competition.
q. Submissions to the “Most Significant Piece in an Alternative Format by an Emerging Indigenous Writer” Award are to be made by authors themselves who can choose the format of submission most suited to their work—either digital or hard copy (note: if the works are in publication and are eligible for this competition the Publisher can handle applications and submissions for a maximum of three authors).