So says Melanie Rutledge in the Star.
This morning, my intrepid cub reporter Michael Lista sent me the official guidelines, as sent to him by Ms. Rutledge:
For Canada Council’s Literary Prizes
(in addition to the conflict of interest points listed above)
Conflict of interest exists if:
- the assessor, the assessor’s spouse/partner or family member have a book in contention
- the assessor edited one of the books
- the assessor is a staff member or board member of one of the nominating publishing houses.
Conflict of interest may also exist if:
- the assessor contributed to the development of one of the books (conflict of interest exists if the assessor has made a direct, intellectual contribution to one of the books)
- the assessor has written a promotional text or review of one of the books
- the assessor’s name is listed in the acknowledgements section (conflict of interest exists if the assessor’s name is listed in such a way that it implies a contribution to one of the books).