An important event in our conference weekend is the Alberta Literary Awards Gala. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the work of Alberta authors, support each other in the literary community, visit with friends, and meet new people.
2021 Alberta Literary Awards
The 2021 Alberta Literary Awards will be taking place later this year. Keep an eye out here and on our social media for exciting news about this year’s finalists and the awards celebration!
2021 Finalists to be Announced Soon
This award was established in 1982 in honour of children’s author Ronald Ross Annett (1895-1988). Annett is best known for his Babe and Joe series of more than 70 stories in the Saturday Evening Post. His Especially Babe stories, set in Jenner, AB, were collected into a book in 1942 and reprinted by Treefrog Press in 1978. George Melnyk, in The Literary History of Alberta, comments that Annett’s stories dealt with “a family trying to make ends meet on a Depression farm. The stories had simple, homely dialogue and happy endings, comforting words for such uncertain times.
This award is sponsored by the Under the Arch Youth Foundation
This award was established in 1982 in honour of novelist Georges Bugnet (1879-1981), who immigrated to Canada and homesteaded near Gunn, AB in 1905. Bugnet attended the Sorbonne in Paris, served in the French army and worked as an editor. He was also a botanist, researcher, poet, science fiction writer and novelist. At age 100, Bugnet was awarded a honourary doctorate from the University of Alberta.
This award is sponsored by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Aritha van Herk
WGA Board of Directors