Dayne Ogilvie Prize

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Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers
Awarded forExceptional merit in work relating to LGBTQ literature in Canada
Presented byWriters' Trust of Canada
First awarded2007
WebsiteDayne Ogilvie Prize

The Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers is a Canadian literary award, presented annually by the Writers' Trust of Canada to an emerging Canadian writer who is part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer community. It is one of two literary awards in Canada serving the LGBTQ community, alongside the Blue Metropolis Violet Prize for established writers.[1]

The award was originally established by artist Robin Pacific as the Dayne Ogilvie Grant in memory of Dayne Ogilvie, a book editor, writer, arts manager and former managing editor of Xtra![2] who died in October 2006.[3] The award was renamed from a grant to a prize in 2012.

Dayne Ogilvie Prize winners Farzana Doctor, Amber Dawn, Debra Anderson

Established in 2007, the C$4,000 prize is not presented for a specific work,[4] although writers must have published at least one book of fiction or poetry to be eligible.[4] The winner is selected by an independent jury of three members, and presented annually during Pride Toronto.[4]

Beginning in the prize's second year, the award introduced a preliminary shortlist of two or three writers. The writer or writers not selected as the final winner of the prize are presented with an Honour of Distinction, worth C$500 if one writer is named or C$250 each if two writers are named. Authors who are awarded the Honour of Distinction remain eligible for the primary award in future years,[4] although to date no writer who has been awarded an Honour of Distinction has subsequently been named the primary winner.


Year Winner Honour of Distinction Jury Refs
2007 Michael V. Smith none [2][4]
2008 Zoe Whittall Brian Francis, John Miller Elizabeth Ruth, Maureen Hynes, Dan Bazuin [5]
2009 Debra Anderson Greg Kearney Derek McCormack, Shani Mootoo, Karen X. Tulchinsky [4][6]
2010 Nancy Jo Cullen Lisa Foad, George K. Ilsley Brian Francis, Don Hannah, Suzette Mayr [3][7]
2011 Farzana Doctor Dani Couture, Matthew J. Trafford Jen Sookfong Lee, Jeffrey Round, Zoe Whittall [8]
2012 Amber Dawn Mariko Tamaki Kamal Al-Solaylee, Ivan E. Coyote, Michael V. Smith [9]
2013 C. E. Gatchalian Anand Mahadevan, Barry Webster Amber Dawn, Anne Fleming, Vivek Shraya [10]
2014 Tamai Kobayashi Rae Spoon, Proma Tagore Anna Camilleri, Connie Fife, Bill Whitehead [11]
2015 Alex Leslie Casey Plett, Vivek Shraya Nancy Jo Cullen, Brett Josef Grubisic, Anand Mahadevan [12]
2016 Leah Horlick Gwen Benaway, Jia Qing Wilson-Yang Anjula Gogia, Billeh Nickerson, Casey Plett [13]
2017 Kai Cheng Thom Ali Blythe, Eva Crocker Jane Eaton Hamilton, Elio Iannacci, Trish Salah [14]
2018 Ben Ladouceur Trish Salah, Joshua Whitehead Ali Blythe, Greg Kearney, Shannon Webb-Campbell [15]


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