2 Yellow Dog titles nominated for Red Cedar Awards!

We are delighted to share that 2 of our Yellow Dog titles have been nominated for the 2023/24 Red Cedar Awards!

My Left Skate by Anna Rosner is nominated for the Nonfiction Award!

Peanut Butter and Chaos by Anita Daher is nominated for the Fiction Award!

The Red Cedar is organized by the Young Readers’ Choice Awards of British Columbia. More information, and the full list of nominated books and authors can be found on their site at www.redcedaraward.ca

Lessons in Fusion by Primrose Madayag Knazan co-winner of the 2023 McNally Robinson Book for Young Readers Award

At an event on June 11, 2023 at Winnipeg Book Store McNally Robinson, the Manitoba Book Award winners were announced. We are delighted to share the news that Primrose Madayag Knazan’s debut YA novel Lessons in Fusion was the co-winner (alongside David A. Robertson’s The Stone Child) of the McNally Robinson Book for Young Readers Older Category Award.

More info on all the nominees and awards can be found at www.manitobabookawards.ca

K.R. Byggdin wins $30,000 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

WONDER WORLD, the debut novel by queer novelist K.R. Byggdin wins the 2023 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

At the Atlantic Book Awards ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Manitoban ex-pat K.R. Byggdin was announced as the winner of $30,000 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Byggdin’s debut novel Wonder World, published by Manitoba publisher Enfield & Wizenty, is a refreshing coming-of-age story that challenges stereotypes of rural life. Of the book, the Raddall jury said, “As funny and sassy as it is poignant and observant, Wonder World is a virtuoso exploration of love and hope, a story of building bridges to family and community while staying true to oneself.”  

More information on the award and the other nominees can be found at the Atlantic Book Awards website.

Two Titles on the Shortlist

Congratulations to Katherine Koller and Natasha Deen, who have both made the Alberta Readers’ Choice Awards shortlist. Natasha Deen’s Gatekeeper is the second book in her Guardian series. Watch for the final book, Game’s End, this fall! Art Lessons by Katherine Koller is a crossover fiction title, appropriate for teenage audiences as well as adults. Art Lessons is a novel about art and growing up on the outside.

Voting opens in July!

Danuta Gleed

We are pleased to announce Lyse Champagne’s The Light That Remains has been shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award!

The Jury had this to say about Lyse’s exceptional collection:

Through the brutal lens of war, the stories in The Light that Remains span the twentieth century and travel the globe. Readers are caught up in the lives of innocent people in Armenia, the Ukraine, Hong Kong, France, Cambodia, and Rwanda, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the harrowing cruelties of war. With clear, elegant prose and a compassionate voice, Lyse Champagne explores loss, love, kindness, hope, despair, the need to survive. In so doing, she forces into the reader’s heart a deeper understanding of the anguish and strength that resides in the human spirit when worlds are shattered beyond recognition.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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Manitoba Book Awards Nominations

The Manitoba Book Awards have announced this year’s shortlist, and we are delighted to see Great Plains authors on the list!

Gordon Goldsborough’s Abandoned Manitoba is up for the Isbister Award for Non-Fiction, the Manuela Dias Book Design Award for General Illustration and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher.

Her Darling Boy by Tom Goodman is up for the Manuela Dias Book Design Award for cover design and we are thrilled to see Tom recognized in the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book category.

Rounding out our nominations is The Shadow Over Portage and Main, edited by Keith Cadieux and Dustin Geeraert, which is up for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. Great to see all of the Weird writers recognized for their creepy take on Winnipeg.

Congratulations to all  of the nominees! For details on the awards, visit the Manitoba Writers’ Guild event page.

Author Wins Cross-Border Fiction Prize!

Congratulations to Tyler Enfield – Madder Carmine has won the High Plains Book Award for Fiction! From the judges:

Madder Carmine is a masterpiece… Enfield’s fever dream of a classical quest is dizzying, poetic and original… a major work that deserves to be celebrated.”

We also received word this morning that Madder Carmine, as well as Natasha Deen’s Gatekeeper, have won Silver medals at the Moonbeam Book Awards. An excellent start to the fall season!

ReLit & Bestsellers

We are back from an excellent holiday break. We hope you had the chance to spend quality time with friends and family!

hello sweetheart coverExcellent news for our first 2016 Monday: Hello Sweetheart is on the ReLit Shortlist. This collection from Elaine McCluskey received a strong critical response when it came out, and it’s great to see it now garning attention from the awards. Congratulations, Elaine!

Both Wish You Were Here and From The Barren Lands made it back onto the Bestseller list in Manitoba during the holiday rush, while Madder Carmine popped back on the Edmonton list. If you are still in need of copies, venture out to your local bookstore now that you don’t have to wait in line!

Jan Andrews makes Forest short list

9781926531687 - compressedGreat Plains Teen Fiction is honoured to announce that Jan Andrews has been shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading prize.  Jan’s novel, The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley, is one of 10 novels selected from across the country for the White Pine Award.

The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley is written from the point of view of Kyle, a young teen who finds himself at the novel’s start moving into his latest in a long line of foster homes.  He takes a vow of silence – if no one listens, what’s the point of talking?  But during his first summer on Scott and Jill’s farm, with the help of a crow, a swamp and some black paint, Kyle wonders if maybe his life could be better.

Congratulations Jan!


On The Same Page

OTSPShortListGreat Plains Publications once again has a title on the short list for On The Same Page Manitoba.  Stuck In The Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg is in the running to be chosen as Manitoba’s next Book Club pick.  The public is encouraged to vote for their choice between now and September 15th.  On September 11th, excerpts from all of the books will be read at McNally Robinson on Grant.

On The Same Page is an initiative of The Winnipeg Foundation and Winnipeg Public Library, and encourages all Manitobans to read, and talk about, the same book at the same time.  Congratulations Bartley Kives and Bryan Scott! 

Strong reviews and nominations for Great Plains Authors

Spring has finally sprung in Manitoba, and our latest releases have been garnering strong reviews.

Pickle Me This says Lee Kvern’s 7 Ways To Sunday is “wild instead of farmed, 20-some years of stories gathered together for the first time instead of a carefully curated collection … I loved this book, hooked by the first story.”  7 Ways to Sunday was the #1 fiction bestseller in Calgary last week, and Lee is on the road promoting the book. Check out one of her events near you!

lockdown_cover largeFirst-time author Maggie Bolitho has launched Lockdown, and a glowing review of the book is already in!  “I would give this story a two-thumbs-up and highly recommend it for teens as well as adults … There’s just the right mix of suspense and action that keeps the reader barreling along at break-neck speed” says Susan Rocan on her blog, MyWithershins.

The Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards have been announced, and Morven and the Horse Clan by Luanne Armstrong has made the shortlist.  We are entering the second printing of this novel released in the fall of 2013.  Get your copy today!

Finally, our spring releases continue! John Toone’s Fishin’ For Dumbasses: Tips for folks who want to catch their own food (and have fun doing it!) launches  Wednesday, May 14th at McNally Robinson in the restaurant at 8 pm. We’re told fish will be on the menu, so get down to Prairie Ink Cafe early to enjoy a delicious pre-launch meal!

Manitoba Book Awards

9781926531717The nominees for the Manitoba Book Awards have been announced and we are thrilled to see multiple Great Plains titles on the shortlist!

300 Years of Beer, penned by local beer aficionados Bill Wright and Dave Craig, is up for three awards.  The illustrated history is up for the Best Illustrated Book of the Year, the Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year, and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher.  Bartley Kives and Bryan Scott’s hit Stuck in the Middle is shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. The Fall by Colleen Nelson is up for the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award.  We hope to see Colleen as the two-time winner of this category (her first novel, Tori By Design, received the award in 2012)!

You can find all of the nominees on the Manitoba Writer’s Guild website.  The Awards Ceremony takes place Sunday, April 27th at the West End Cultural Centre.  Congratulations to all of those nominated for the Manitoba Book Awards!


Jan Andrews is on the CLA Shortlist

9781926531687 - compressedThe Canadian Library Association has announced the shortlist for the Young Adult Book Award, and we are delighted to see The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley in this list of top 10 books.

The CLA Young Adult Book Award recognizes the author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction for readers age 13 to 18.  Great Plains Teen Fiction sends congratulations to Jan Andrews and to all of the 2014 nominees. Bravo!

Silent Summer wins Moonbeam Gold Medal

9781926531687 - compressedThe Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley by Jan Andrews has been selected as a Gold Medal winner by the Moonbeam Awards.  Launched in 2007, the awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading.

Kyle McGinley doesn’t say a word. Fed up with being shuttled from one foster care home to another, he has stopped speaking.  But at the home of Scott and Jill Wardman, with the help of a crow, a swamp, and an excess of black paint, he begins to think that maybe, just maybe, life could be better.

As long as his frigging dad doesn’t mess things up.

Congratulations Jan!



The Lucky Ones selected for On the Same Page

LuckyOnes_cover_finalAnne Mahon’s The Lucky Ones has been selected as the feature title in the On The Same Page initiative.

On The Same Page, a program sponsored by The Winnipeg Foundation and the Winnipeg Public Library, encourages all Manitobans to read and talk about the same book at the same time.  Congratulations Anne!

We also send congratulations out to our own Méira Cook as well as Eva Wiseman, David Robertson and Scott B. Henderson whose books were also shortlisted.

Authors Nominated For Manitoba Book Awards!

Happy as flying frogs around here today, after we got the word that three GP books have been nominated in multiple categories for the Manitoba Book Awards!

The House on Sugarbush Road by Meira Cook, Green-eyed Queen of Suicide City by Kevin Marc Fournier, and I Know Who You Remind Me Of by Naomi K. Lewis, have all been short-listed in their categories. To read the complete  list, click here.  Here’s the low-down on the talented crew of E & W and Great Plains Teen Fiction:

The House on Sugarbush Road by Meira Cook has been nominated in two categories: McNally Robinson Book of the Year, and The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.


Green-eyed Queen of Suicide City by Kevin Marc Fournier has been nominated twice: McNally Robinson Book for Young People, and Fournier for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.

I Know Who You Remind Me Of by Naomi K. Lewis, has been nominated for Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year, design by Relish New Brand Experience, of Winnipeg.


Congratulations to all our authors!


Manitoba Day Award

The Association for Manitoba Archives has awarded one of the 6th annual Manitoba Day Awards to Joe Mackintosh for his book Andy De Jarlis, The Life and Music of an Old-Time Fiddler.  Congratulations Joe!  A good time for the Red River Jig!

Manitoba shortlist

Our congratulations to W.P. Kinsella and Colleen Nelson whose books have both been shortlisted for Manitoba Book Awards.  Butterfly Winter for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher and Tori by Design for the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award in the older category.  We’ll be cheering for both on April 28th!

Medal Madness

The 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards have awarded a gold medal to Craig Russell for his fable Black Bottle Man in the category of Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy/Sci Fi, a silver medal in the category of Young Adult Fiction – General to Sarah Raymond for her debut Signs of Martha, and a bronze medal to Gail Sidonie Sobat (a 2009 Moonbeam gold medalist) for Chance to Dance for You in the category of Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues. Congratulations Craig and Sarah on such wonderful debut novels and to Gail for her continuing gift in writing for young adults!

Another Nomination

Award winning YA author Nicole Luiken is making headlines again!  Her most recent novel Dreamfire has been nominated for the 2011/12 Golden Eagle Book Award and is also on the shortlist for the 2011/12 Stellar Award.  Congratulations Nicole!

Good Company

We’re very excited to announce that two of our authors have made the longlist for the 2011 ReLit Awards.  Michelle Berry with her fourth novel This Book Will Not Save Your LIfe and Richard Cumyn with his beautiful collection of short stories The Young in Their Country.  Congratulations Richard and Michelle!