This is shaping up to be an incredible year for Kayla Czaga! Having already been nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, her debut collection, For Your Safety Please Hold On, has now been awarded the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award! The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year and carries a $1,000 prize sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets.
The judges commented that For Your Safety Please Hold On “unfurls experience, observation and development with complexity and more than a little humour suspending a reader between this page’s moment of assurance and the next moment’s unsettling observation. This work is a thrill.”
In addition, Kayla has also been nominated for the Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award! The Emerging Writer finalist receives $500 and shortlisted authors receive a complimentary one-year membership with Canadian Authors. The winners of the award will be announced at the Literary Awards Dinner & Gala on Saturday, June 13. Good Luck Kayla!