Attention Toronto-based novelists aged 50 and over.
If your novels have been published by a small press(es) – and you are presently working on another novel – you may be eligible for the inaugural Cecil Connelly Award for Literary Persistence (aka The Cecils). #TheCecils
A $3000 prize that will be split three ways, The Cecils reward literary talent and that other essential characteristic – persistence. Plus, they will inspire others to keep writing, or to start! (At least that's the idea.)
The Cecils are named after my late grandfather, Cecil Connelly, who worked hard, stayed positive, and never gave up. They are a response to the glut of "emerging" writer awards that exclude older writers, and a celebration of under-the-radar talent, persistence and positivity against all odds.
There is no application fee, but the requirements will be quite specific (must live in Toronto, must be 50+ years old, small-press published, etc.) Also, each submission must include:
- A 10-page sample of a new novel in progress (no short story collections, unfortunately)
- 250 words (max) on what keeps you writing despite how tough it is. (Meaning, how tough the act of writing is itself, and how challenging it is to get published and read widely.)
The application window will be open from November 1 - December 15, 2020. For more information, visit The Cecils page of my website. Eligibility criteria may expand depending on how many submissions I receive, so I suggest that you follow this blog via email to ensure you don't miss any important updates. There's a "follow by email" widget on the right hand column of this site.
|Me and my grandpa Cecil back in the 80’s. He was the coolest. Me? Not so much.|