AFS Longlisted for ABNA

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)

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