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Gillian Wigmore wins the ReLit Award!

Posted: July 28, 2008

Caitlin Press congratulates Gillian Wigmore, whose first poetry collection, Soft Geography, has won the 8th Annual ReLit Award!

“Wigmore is a fresh and powerful voice for BC North,” says publisher Vici Johnstone. “We are confident that the success of Soft Geography is just the beginning for this exciting new author.”

Gillian says she is “amazed and delighted to have won” and adds, “I'm so glad that Soft Geography, which is kind of a love song for north central BC, will reach a bigger Canadian audience than I'd even hoped for.”

The ReLit Awards, short for Regarding Literature, Reinventing Literature, Relighting Literature, were founded in 2000 and emphasize the importance of ideas over big-money prizes. The winners will be celebrated at a special ReLit event during the Ottawa Writer's festival on October 26. Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which features four moveable dials, each one struck with the entire alphabet.

According to The Globe & Mail the Relit Award is “the country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses.”

The other 2008 winners are Roberta Rees for short fiction piece Long After Fathers, and Gil Adamson for his novel The Outlander.