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The Jewish Public Library Jacob Isaac Segal Awards
In 2020, JPL's Jacob Isaac Segal Awards celebrates its 52nd anniversary with a brand new format.
 
The awards have been consolidated to three: Best Quebec Book on a Jewish Theme, with a prize of $5,000, the Dr. Hirsh and Dvora Rosenfeld Award for Yiddish Literature ($1,000) and the Rosa and David Z”L Finestone Translation Award for a Book on a Jewish Theme ($1,000).
 
For over half a century, the Jacob Isaac Segal Awards have been an important community recognition of Jewish-based literature. With this new format we also honour the contribution of Jewish culture to a richly diverse contemporary Quebec.

Submissions must be received by April 15, 2020. New deadline: May 15, 2020.
The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm.



Jacob Isaac Segal Awards 2020 eligibility criteria

All books must be published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.
Please note that candidates for the
awards need NOT be Jewish.


BEST QUEBEC BOOK ON A JEWISH THEME
On November 12, 2020 the Jewish Public Library will present its first award for Best Quebec Book on a Jewish Theme. Works of fiction and non-fiction, essays and poetry are eligible, provided they meet the criteria below.

Eligibility criteria:
  1. Books must have been written in English or French, have an ISBN, and be commercially available to the public.
  2. Electronic books are eligible provided they become commercially available in their final form during the eligibility period, and that they meet all of the other criteria listed here.
  3. Standard residency requirement: The author must have a residence in Quebec at the time of submission. A person who has been living continuously outside of Quebec for the past four years will not meet the residency requirement. In the case of joint authorship, one of the authors must satisfy the above requirement. Books by more than two authors are not eligible.
  4. Requirement for non-resident authors: A book by an author who does not meet the residency requirement as defined above (#3) may be submitted, but it must also have Quebec as a significant theme.
  5. Collections of poetry, short stories or essays are eligible as long as at least 51% of the entire book is comprised of new text. “New” text includes individual pieces – i.e., stories, poems, or essays – not previously published in magazines or journals, including electronic publications.
  6. “Graphic novels” are eligible, both fiction and non-fiction, as long as there is a significant textual component. The illustrator is eligible for half the prize money if said illustrator is named on the title page of the book and/or otherwise given credit equal to the writer.
  7. Anthologies are eligible only if they contain a substantial introduction by the editor(s).
  8. Translations, reprints and previously published books are not eligible.
  9. Notwithstanding #8, rewritten, expanded or otherwise altered books may be considered eligible if deemed a new book by JPL.
Books may be submitted by publishers or authors.
JPL reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the eligibility of any book.


ROSA AND DAVID Z"L FINESTONE TRANSLATION AWARD FOR A BOOK ON A JEWISH THEME

Eligibility criteria:
  1. The translator must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  2. Works of fiction (including “graphic novels”), essays, non-fiction, or poetry on a Jewish theme translated into English or French from any language are eligible.
  3. Books may contain both the original language and the French or English translation as long as the two texts independently meet all other relevant eligibility criteria.
  4. Books must have an ISBN and be commercially available to the public.
  5. Electronic and print-on-demand books are eligible provided that they become commercially available in their final form during the eligibility period, and that they meet all of the other criteria listed here.
  6. Reprints and previously published translations are not eligible. However, an entirely new translation by a new translator is eligible.
JPL reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the eligibility of any book.


DR. HIRSH AND DVORA ROSENFELD AWARD FOR YIDDISH LITERATURE

Eligibility criteria:
  1. The author may reside anywhere in the world.