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2024 Alberta Literary Awards: Call for Jurors

Deadline: September 22, 2023

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is calling all readers and writers to join our awards jury this season. This is an opportunity to be “in the room” when the 2024 finalists and winners are chosen. The awards season is an important time on the literary calendar.

Every year the WGA presents awards in ten categories, plus the city book prizes, and we could not do this without the hard work and deliberation of our juries.

We expect jurors to be professional in their communications with other jurors while focusing on the literary merits of each piece.

You may make a good juror candidate if:

  • You are prepared and qualified to adjudicate literary merit;
  • You are fair and judicious and can identify conflicts of interest;
  • You love to read and can read a lot in a short period of time;
  • You work well with others & has strong communication skills.

We have openings on the juries for:

  • Fiction and Nonfiction Books
  • Poetry Book
  • Short Story
  • Short Nonfiction
  • Unpublished Essay
  • Children’s Chapter Book
  • Plays
  • City Book Prizes
  • Memoir

All jurors are paid an honorarium for their help with this process. All materials will be received by mid-January and final decisions must be made by early April.

We will only be contacting those who have been selected to serve on juries.

The WGA is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in our programs, services, and operations. We seek jurors who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and we actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity, including Indigenous people, ethnic and religious groups that commonly experience discrimination, people with disabilities, people who identify as women, and people of marginalized sexual orientations or gender identities.

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