Dayne Ogilvie Prize

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Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers
Awarded for Exceptional merit in a body of work relating to LGBT literature in Canada
Country Canada
Presented by Writers' Trust of Canada
First awarded 2007
Official website Dayne Ogilvie Prize

The Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT 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 and transgender community. 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![1] who died in October 2006.[2] 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 presented for the writer's body of work.[3] It is the only prize of its kind in Canada serving the LGBT community. Any self-identifying writer is eligible. To qualify, writers must have published at least one book of fiction or poetry.[3] The winner is selected by an independent jury of three members, and presented annually during Toronto's Pride Week celebrations.[3]

Beginning in the prize's second year, the award also presents an Honour of Distinction worth C$500 to one or C$250 to two additional writers. Authors who are awarded the Honour of Distinction remain eligible for the primary award in future years,[3] 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 [1][3]
2008 Zoe Whittall Brian Francis, John Miller Elizabeth Ruth, Maureen Hynes, Dan Bazuin [4]
2009 Debra Anderson Greg Kearney Derek McCormack, Shani Mootoo, Karen X. Tulchinsky [3][5]
2010 Nancy Jo Cullen Lisa Foad, George K. Ilsley Brian Francis, Don Hannah, Suzette Mayr [2][6]
2011 Farzana Doctor Dani Couture, Matthew J. Trafford Jen Sookfong Lee, Jeffrey Round, Zoe Whittall [7]
2012 Amber Dawn Mariko Tamaki Kamal Al-Solaylee, Ivan E. Coyote, Michael V. Smith [8]
2013 C. E. Gatchalian Anand Mahadevan, Barry Webster Amber Dawn, Anne Fleming, Vivek Shraya [9]
2014 Tamai Kobayashi Rae Spoon, Proma Tagore Anna Camilleri, Connie Fife, Bill Whitehead [10]
2015 Alex Leslie Casey Plett, Vivek Shraya Nancy Jo Cullen, Brett Josef Grubisic, Anand Mahadevan [11]
2016 Leah Horlick Gwen Benaway, jia qing wilson-yang Anjula Gogia, Billeh Nickerson, Casey Plett [12]


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