Call for Submissions: The Indigenous Voices Awards
“The Indigenous Voices Awards (IVAs) were established in 2017 to support and nurture the work of Indigenous writers in lands claimed by Canada. Funds for the awards were raised initially through a crowd-funded campaign begun by Robin Parker, who partnered with the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) for the awards’ administration, supplemented by funds raised by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. While Parker set an initial fundraising goal of $10,000 to support emerging Indigenous writers, the grass-roots initiative raised $116,565 in four months. These monies have since been supplemented by further donations from various groups and individuals.
To honour the spirit of the campaign and the generosity of its initial 1,563 donors, the IVAs will be devoted in their inaugural year of 2017 to “Emerging” Indigenous writers, with 5 awards for unpublished work totalling $10,000 and 3 awards for published work totalling $15,000; the results of the 2017 competition will be announced in the Spring of 2018. Subsequent to the 2017 award competition, the IVAs will offer two yearly awards: one for an emerging Indigenous writer and one for an established Indigenous writer. The dollar amounts for these awards will be determined based on the recommendations of the IVA Board and the amount available in the Trust Fund, with attentiveness to sustainability.“