It was a busy day of awards for writers on Wednesday as $270,000 in prizes were handed out in seven categories at the annual Writers’ Trust ceremony at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.
This year’s awards season has seen a wide range of writers appear on lists of the nation’s biggest prizes, including the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Awards – with little overlap between them, making it an exciting year for beginning writers in particular.
Nicholas Herring won the second annual Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize worth $60,000 for his debut novel “Some Hellish” on Wednesday, with the jury declaring “What Cormac McCarthy has done for cowboys and horses, Nicholas Herring does it for fishermen and boats.” The other finalists each receive $5,000. The winner was selected from 132 books submitted by 70 publishers. This prize was renamed in 2021 and was previously known as the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Dan Werb won the Hilary Weston Non-Fiction Prize, also worth $60,000, for his book “The Invisible Siege: The Rise of Coronaviruses and the Search for a Cure”, which the jury called ” science detective tale that leaves the reader scared that the villain is still on the loose, and possibly in the house. other finalists receive $5,000. For this award, 103 books were submitted by 63 publishers.
Emerging Writer received the $10,000 Dayne Ogilvie Award for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers, which was awarded to francesca ekwuyasi for her first novel”Butter Honey Pork Bread.” This book was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and finalist for the GG in 2020.
Four authors were recognized for their lifetime contributions to literature in Canada: Candace Savage won the $25,000 Matt Cohen Prize; Elise Gravel won the $25,000 Vicky Metcalf Prize for Children’s Literature; Shani Mootoo won the Writers’ Trust Engel Findley Prize of $25,000; and Joseph Dandurand won the $25,000 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize.
The Writers’ Trust is a charitable organization created in 1976 by a group of writers — Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, Pierre Berton, Margaret Laurence and David Young — to professionally and financially support Canadian writers. It continues to offer support programs for writers, as well as 11 national literary awards, financial grants, an emergency fund, and career development.
You can find more information about the winners and prizes at writerstrust.com.
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