Sunday, October 1, 2017

Canadian Literary Prizes: write and read

November will be an exciting month with both the winners of the G.G., the Writer's Trust, and the Giller being announced. Scroll down for more information.

"a spark of inspiration" 

photo by LDyck


Sharpen that pencil, click that pen, punch those keys and enter this bounty of short story contests...

CBC Short Story Prize

Deadline:  October 31, 2017

Malahat Review:  Open Season Award
Deadline:  November 1, 2017

Prairie Fire Press and McNally Robinson Booksellers:  Annual Writing Contests
Deadline:  November 30, 2017

The Fiddlehead:  Annual Literary Contest
Deadline:  December 1, 2017

Freefall:  Annual Prose & Poetry Contest
Deadline:  December 31, 2017

PRISM International:  Jacob Zilber Prize
Deadline:  January 15, 2018


Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel
Sponsored by Dundurn Press
Deadline:  October 15, 2017

The Mayne Island library
One of the places you might be able to get one of these books
photo by LDyck


Reading prize-winning novel and short story collections is an excellent way to study the writing craft.

Governor General's Literary Award


(Alfred A. Knopf Canada/ Penguin Random House Canada)

Winner announced November 1

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

'For over 20 years the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize has recognized the best Canadian novel or short story collection.' --from the website

Bad Endings by Carleigh Baker
Anvil Press
short story collection

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
Doubleday Canada

Brother by David Chariandy
McClelland & Stewart
'supremely moving and exquisitley crafted portrait of [Scarborough, Ontario]' -Mark Medley

American War by Omar El Akkad

McClelland & Stewart

This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

House of Anansi Press
short story collection

Winner revealed on November 14

Scotiabank Giller Prize 

 Scotiabank Giller

'In a statement, the jury categorized 2017 as "a year of outliers, of books that were eccentric, challenging or thrilling strange, books that took us to amusing or disturbing places. In fact, you could say that the exceptional was one of 2017's trends. It gave the impression of a world in transition:  searching inward as much as outward, wary but engaged." ' -Sue Carter


Minds of Winter by Ed O'Loughlin
House of Anansi

Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill
Doubleday Canada

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
Knopf Canada

Transit by Rachel Cusk (HarperCollins)

l Am A Truck by Michelle Winters (Invisible Publishing)

November 20

Winner announced at a gala--aired on CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Next post:  Year 7:  Why keep writing?
A post that recaps the 7th year anniversary of this blog. Oh, yes, and tells you where I'm at as a writer.
Published on Sunday, October 8th (at approximately 5 PM)


Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — You're a great friend to, and resource for, writers. Thank you!

Leanne Dyck said...

: ) Thank you, Laurie.
I've benefitted from generous, informed authors. It's my pleasure to do my part.

Darlene said...

Thanks for this list of contests and books to read. I've been away as you may have noticed but am finally getting caught up.

Leanne Dyck said...

Welcome back, Darlene. I've missed your comments.