The book covers for Fresh Pack of Smokes and Fake it So Real are shown on a navy blue background. Fresh Pack of Smokes has a grey sky with a city scene and Fake It So Real has a sketch of a  person walking away on a tan background.

ReLit Awards: Nightwood earns 2 wins and 7 nominations

Last month, the ReLit Awards returned to celebrate 2021 titles and retroactively announce nominees and winners for the previous three years. Nightwood Editions is proud to announce that Cassandra Blanchard’s A Fresh Pack of Smokes won the 2020 ReLit Award for Poetry and Susan Sanford Blades’ Fake It So Real won the 2021 ReLit Award in the Novel category.

Nightwood Editions books were recognized further with seven titles shortlisted in three different categories. 



  • Dead Flowers by Alex Laidlaw was shortlisted for the 2020 ReLit Awards in the Short Fiction category.
  • Renaissance Normcore by Adèle Barclay was shortlisted for the 2020 Relit Awards in the Poetry category.


The ReLit Awards have been described as the “country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses.” (The Globe and Mail). They are awarded annually to book-length works in the novel, short-story and poetry categories. They were founded in 2000 by Newfoundland filmmaker and author Kenneth J. Harvey and are now run by Katherine Alexandra Harvey.

“ReLit” is short for Regarding Literature, Reinventing Literature and Relighting Literature. The awards were conceived by Harvey as an alternative to larger mainstream prizes such as the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Awards.

The complete list of the winning and shortlisted books in all categories is available at