A Father’s Son has been longlisted for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). The award, which is kind of a big deal for the obvious reasons, also comes with a $50,000 grand prize purse and four second-prize purses worth $15,000 each. Cha-ching.
A short list will be announced next month, with all of these stories getting space in an upcoming edition of Publishers Weekly to publish the novel’s 300-word blurb. That’s also kind of a hot issue.
Final winners are expected to be announced in July.
I have also submitted A Father’s Son for The Toronto Book Award and the Trillium Book Award, but they don’t announce their respective winners until the autumn.
You might be wondering why I included a picture of the NHL’s Calder Trophy with this post, but I think of the ABNA as the NHL Rookie of the Year Award (hockey is most definitely a good time). If that’s the case, I’ll nominate the following award correlations for all future fiction writers/hockey lovers:
Stanley Cup & Conn Smythe Award: Booker Prize
Hart Trophy: Giller Prize, Pulitzer Prize
Art Ross Trophy: Governor General’s Award, Pen/Faulkner Award, National Book Award
Norris Trophy: Commonwealth Book Prize
Vezina Trophy: Orange Award
NHL Foundation Player Award: Nobel Prize in Literature
Lady Byng Trophy: all other fiction awards (this makes more sense if you know what this trophy symbolizes)