Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

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The Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, formerly known as the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize is a Canadian literary award presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada after an annual juried competition of works submitted by publishers.[1] Alongside the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction and the Giller Prize, it is considered one of the three main awards for Canadian fiction in English.[2]

First presented in 1997, the prize goes to the author of the novel or short story collection judged to be the year's best work of fiction.

The award was renamed to its current name in January 2021, to honour Canadian writers Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson.[3] Concurrently with the renaming, the prize package was increased from $50,000 to $60,000, matching the amount currently presented by its sibling Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.[4] The prize is sponsored by Jim Balsillie.

Nominees and recipients[edit]

Year Winner Nominated
1997
Jury: Matt Cohen, Elisabeth Harvor, Ann Ireland
Blue ribbon Austin Clarke, The Origin of Waves
1998
Jury: Joan Clark, Austin Clarke, Trevor Ferguson
Blue ribbon Greg Hollingshead, The Healer
1999
Jury: Lynn Coady, Sylvia Fraser, Eric Wright
Blue ribbon Peter Oliva, The City of Yes
2000
Jury: Cynthia Holz, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Peter Oliva
Blue ribbon Helen Humphreys, Afterimage
2001
Jury: Lesley Choyce, Eliza Clark, Olive Senior
Blue ribbon Margaret Sweatman, When Alice Lay Down with Peter
2002
Jury: Joan Barfoot, Brian Brett, Sarah Sheard
Blue ribbon Paulette Jiles, Enemy Women
2003
Jury: Kevin Chong, Lisa Moore, Diane Schoemperlen
Blue ribbon Kevin Patterson, Country of Cold
2004
Jury: Sylvia Fraser, Zsuzsi Gartner, Michael Redhill
Blue ribbon Alice Munro, Runaway
2005
Jury: Anita Rau Badami, Lewis DeSoto, Mary Swan
Blue ribbon Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road
2006
Jury: Karen Connelly, Jeffrey Moore, Anna Porter
Blue ribbon Kenneth J. Harvey, Inside
2007
Jury: Kevin Major, Kim Moritsugu, Madeleine Thien
Blue ribbon Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes
2008
Jury: Lawrence Hill, Annabel Lyon, Heather O'Neill
Blue ribbon Miriam Toews, The Flying Troutmans
2009
Jury: Marina Endicott, Miriam Toews, R.M. Vaughan
Blue ribbon Annabel Lyon, The Golden Mean
2010
Jury: Andrew Pyper, Eden Robinson, Lisa Moore.[5]
Blue ribbon Emma Donoghue, Room
2011
Jury: Emma Donoghue, Rabindranath Maharaj, Margaret Sweatman
Blue ribbon Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers[6]
2012
Jury: Esi Edugyan, Lynn Coady, Drew Hayden Taylor
Blue ribbon Tamas Dobozy, Siege 13[7]
2013
Jury: Caroline Adderson, Alison Pick, Miguel Syjuco
Blue ribbon Colin McAdam, A Beautiful Truth
2014
Jury: Neil Bissoondath, George Murray, Helen Humphreys
Blue ribbon Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows[8]
2015[9]
Jury: Aislinn Hunter, Shani Mootoo, Richard Wagamese
Blue ribbon André Alexis, Fifteen Dogs[10]
2016
Jury: Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, Pasha Malla
Blue ribbon Yasuko Thanh, Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains[11]
2017
Jury: Michael Christie, Christy Ann Conlin, Tracey Lindberg
Blue ribbon David Chariandy, Brother[12]
2018[13]
Jury: Ann Y. K. Choi, Mireille Silcoff, Robert Wiersema
Blue ribbon Kathy Page, Dear Evelyn[14]
2019[15]
Jury: Dennis Bock, Michael Kaan, Suzette Mayr
Blue ribbon André Alexis, Days by Moonlight[16]
2020[17]
Jury: Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Waubgeshig Rice, Yasuko Thanh.
Blue ribbon Gil Adamson, Ridgerunner[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Writers' Trust of Canada, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Archived 2007-05-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Who wins Canada’s literary prizes — and why". Maclean's, October 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Writers' Trust renames fiction prize after co-founders and couple Atwood and Gibson". CTV News, January 27, 2021.
  4. ^ K. J. Aiello, "Will a Writers’ Trust award honouring Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson mark the beginning of a hopeful year for writers?". The Globe and Mail, January 27, 2021.
  5. ^ "Emma Donoghue’s Room a Writers’ Trust finalist". Toronto Star, September 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "Patrick deWitt’s 'The Sisters Brothers' wins Writers’ Trust Prize". The Globe and Mail, November 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "Tamas Dobozy wins Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Siege 13" Archived 2013-12-03 at Archive.today. National Post, November 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Medley, Mark (4 November 2014). "Miriam Toews wins Writers' Trust award for All My Puny Sorrows". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Globe columnist among Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize nominees". The Globe and Mail, September 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "André Alexis wins Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize". The Globe and Mail, November 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "Rogers Writers’ Trust: Celebrating the 2016 winners". Maclean's, November 3, 2016.
  12. ^ "David Chariandy, Billie Livingston, and Diane Schoemperlen among the winners at the 2017 Writers’ Trust awards". Quill & Quire, November 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "Edugyan, Hage among Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction finalists". Quill & Quire, September 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Books inspired by the authors’ parents win the top Writers’ Trust Awards". Toronto Star, November 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "André Alexis, Michael Crummey shortlisted for $50K Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize". CBC Books, September 24, 2019.
  16. ^ Deborah Dundas, "Andre Alexis, Jenny Heijun Wills are big winners at Writers’ Trust Awards". Toronto Star, November 5, 2019.
  17. ^ "Thomas King, Gil Adamson among finalists for $50K Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize". Toronto Star, October 6, 2020.
  18. ^ Craig Takeuchi, "Gil Adamson, Jessica J. Lee win Writers’ Trust literary prizes". Now, November 19, 2020.

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