WIBA 2017 Finalists Announced

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WIBA Finalist BadgeFinalists for the 2017 WIBAs in Fiction and Non-fiction were announced today by Vivalogue Publishing.

The fiction finalists are:
Annie Daylon for Of Sea and Seed: The Kerrigan Chronicles, Book 1
R.L. Prendergast for The Confessions of Socrates
Farida Somjee for The Beggar’s Dance

WIBA Finalist BadgeThe non-fiction finalists are:
Monique Layton for Notes from Elsewhere: Travel and Other Matters
Patricia Sandberg for Sun Dogs and Yellowcake: Gunnar Mines—A Canadian Story
Paul Shore for Uncorked: My Year in Provence

The winner in each category will be jointly selected by two judges, each of whom are accomplished authors. Judging the fiction category are Gail Anderson-Dargatz and Darcie Friesen Hossack. The non-fiction selection will be made by J.J. Lee and Susan Oakey-Baker. 

Finalists were selected by members of the Canadian Authors Association (Metro Vancouver) based on four criteria:

  • Ideas/Organization/Content
  • Style/Voice
  • Word Choice/Sentence Fluency
  • Conventions

The judges were impressed with both the quality and variety of the submissions. The other shortlisted titles were:

  • James Legge and the Chinese Classics by Marilyn Bowman
  • Tales of the Modern Nomad by John Early
  • Becoming Silver Girl by Larissa Fleurette
  • Spoonful Chronicles by Elen Ghulam
  • The Fourth Wall by Emma L.R. Hogg
  • Thirst by Katherine Prairie
  • Spirals by John Pringle

Winners will be announced at the 16th Whistler Writers Festival, 12-15 October.