2019 Jury Announced
The Koffler Centre of the Arts is thrilled to announce the Jury for the 2019 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature: poet Ayesha Chatterjee, children’s author Melanie J. Fishbane, and author Eric Beck Rubin.
Submissions now closed
Submissions for the 2019 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature have now closed. Information on how to submit for the 2020 Vine Awards will be posted soon.
The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature
The Koffler Centre of the Arts is proud to announce a significant new literary award in Canada – the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.
The Vine Awards will present annual prizes of $10,000 for the best writing in the categories of:
- Children/Young Adults
- Poetry (awarded every 3 years)
Unique in the field of Canadian literary prizes, these awards will include writing drawn from both digital and print media. A professional jury of three individuals working in the arts and media will oversee the award selection process. Their names will be announced shortly.
For submission requirements, eligibility and guidelines, please CLICK HERE.
A very generous donation by the Lillian and Norman Glowinsky Family Foundation continues their support for Canadian Jewish literature, a tradition they established with the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards in 2004. These Awards, originally called the Canadian Jewish Book Awards, were founded in 1988 by Adam Fuerstenberg whose ambition was to celebrate excellence in Canadian Jewish writing. The Koffler Centre of the Arts was approached to manage the Awards in 1994 and has been administering the Awards program for the last twenty years.
In 2015, the Koffler Centre of the Arts put the Awards on hiatus for one year in order to reframe this important and long-standing program. The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature continues Fuerstenberg’s original ambition, bringing increased awareness of the Canadian Jewish canon to the public, as well as supporting and celebrating Canadian books and writers.
The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature introduces three significant changes to the previous awards program:
- There will be five prizes of $10,000 to support and reward the authors in each of the categories.
- The jury will look at literature published digitally and in print. This will include e-books, graphic novels, digital storytelling and a variety of media in five categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Children’s/Young Adult Literature, and History.
- The National Post has agreed to be the Media Partner of the Vine Awards. Their support will draw attention to Jewish Canadian authors and highlight the best Canadian Jewish literature.
About Lillian and Norman Glowinsky
For ten years, Lillian and Norman supported the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards (2004–2014) as a loving tribute to Lillian’s parents – Helen and Stan Vine – who were passionate about the arts and the Jewish community throughout their lives. The Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature seeks to continue that legacy.
Settling in Canada after surviving the Holocaust, Helen and Stan Vine (z”l) brought with them the values by which they had been raised: the importance of education and tzedakah, and a love for family and the Jewish people. Helen and Stan were not only active in many organizations which they supported philanthropically, they were also always ready to help friends, relatives and even strangers who needed financial and other forms of assistance for education or to start new lives in Canada or Israel. The Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards – and now the Vine Awards – perpetuate and stimulate Jewish literature and scholarship in Canada, a fitting legacy for a family dedicated to a vibrant future for the Jewish people.
The Koffler Centre of the Arts is exceptionally grateful to the Lillian and Norman Glowinsky Family Foundation for their support for the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature – a commitment that supports a love of reading and the many rich conversations that result from this passion.
About the Koffler Centre of the Arts
The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a cultural platform that explores critical ideas and concerns of our time through exhibitions, publications, performances, conversations and digital initiatives. We examine complex issues in respectful, constructive discussions that position our Jewish identity in conversation with diverse perspectives and global voices.
The Koffler Centre of the Arts acknowledges the support of the Koffler Family Foundation, Cultural Season Sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy, the Ontario Arts Council through the Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Organizations Program, our patrons and donors.