Thursday, 13 October 2011

Quebec Writers' Federation rescinds poet's nomination

The Gazette October 12, 2011

Correction appended
MONTREAL - The Quebec Writers' Federation has withdrawn a nomination for the book Some Frames, a poetry collection by Jack Hannan, which had made the shortlist for the Concordia University First Book Prize.
Cormorant Books, the work's publisher, had submitted Some Frames for nomination, believing that an earlier collection of poetry by Hannan published in 1978 was a chapbook and did not disqualify Some Frames from contention for the prize. However, it was discovered that Hannan's earlier poetry collection was published in a hardcover version and sold in several countries abroad, rendering it ineligible for the Concordia prize, according to the QWF. (Some Frames will remain in contention for the QWF's A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry.)
Spat the Dummy, a novel by Ed Macdonald, has been awarded the spot on the Concordia prize shortlist that had been previously given to Some Frames.
The Quebec Writers' Federation prizes will be handed out Nov. 22. For more information, visit
Correction: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Jack Hannan's poetry collection Some Frames had earlier been published as a chapbook in 1978. In fact, it was another collection by Hannan that was published as a chapbook in 1978. The Gazette regrets the error.

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