Fishing For the Little Pike awarded honourable mention for the Crawford Award and running for Foreword Indie Books of the Year Award.

Fishing For the Little Pike by Juhani Karila, published with the title Summer Fishing in Lapland by Pushkin Press, has been awarded an honorary mention for the Crawford Award. Karila’s novel received extensive media coverage in the English-speaking world, and it has traveled to 17 language territories so far.

Summer Fishing in Lapland (Pushkin, 2023)

Fishing For The Little Pike by Juhani Karila, published in the UK by Pushkin Press with the title Summer Fishing in Lapland and in the US by Restless Books, continues to attract attention and accolades in the English-speaking world. The book has received an honourable mention for the IAFA Crawford Award, a yearly award for outstanding writers whose first fantasy book was published during the previous calendar year. 

The award takes its name from William L. Crawford, a US publisher who produced the first full-size book as a publisher specialising in sci-fi and fantasy. Crawford honorees have gone on to win a dozen World Fantasy Awards and numerous more awards. The majority of Crawford Award honorees are based in the US, but a few authors from different parts of the world are counted in their midst.

Fishing For the Little Pike is also a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, in the category Literary Fiction. Foreword Reviews is a US-based platform dedicated to discovering, reviewing, and sharing the work of independent publishers, and it assigns on a yearly basis a literary award for fiction, non fiction, children’s literature and general works.

Fishing For the Little Pike is Juhani Karila’s debut novel and it follows Elina Ylijaako, a young woman who is under the spell of a curse that forces her to travel back to her home village in the Finnish Lapland to fish a specific pike from a specific pond every year, or she and her childhood love will die. This year, however, the supernatural gets in the way in the form of a mythological creature haunting the pond, all while a detective is on her trail as she is suspected of murder. Funny, surprisingly wise and proudly weird, Fishing For the Little Pike was an instant hit upon its release, and it has so far travelled to 17 language territories. In Finland, it is published by Siltala.

Warm congratulations to the author and the publishers!