Golden Pen Award
The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Golden Pen Award is presented to acknowledge the lifetime achievements of outstanding Alberta writers. Past recipients are W.O. Mitchell, Grant MacEwan, Rudy Wiebe, Myrna Kostash, Robert Kroetsch, Merna Summers, Aritha van Herk, Fred Stenson, George Melnyk, Alice Major and Betty Jane Hegerat.
The 2016 recipient was Greg Hollingshead.
Greg Hollingshead has published three novels and four short story collections. In 1995, his third story collection, The Roaring Girl, won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. In 1998, his novel The Healer won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. His 2004 novel, Bedlam, was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice for 2006. Greg’s work has been published in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Germany, and China. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta and director of the Writing Studio at The Banff Centre. In 2007, he received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Gold Medal for Excellence in the Arts. In 2011–12 he served as Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada and in 2012 was awarded the Order of Canada. Greg now lives in Toronto with his wife Rosa Spricer. Read more about Greg at: greghollingshead.com
The Golden Pen Award was presented at the Alberta Literary Awards Gala along with the rest of the Alberta Literary Awards on Saturday, June 4 in MacDonald Hall, SAIT in Calgary.
Supported by Aritha van Herk.
Nominations are now closed for the 2017 Golden Pen Awards.
The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize
The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize was established by the City Council in 1995 and is administered by the Writers' Guild of Alberta. Entries must deal with some aspect of the city of Edmonton : history, geography, current affairs, its arts or its people or be written by an Edmonton author. Entries may be fiction, non-fiction, poetry or drama written for adults or children, published in the preceding year. The winning author will receive a prize of $10,000. The prize is sponsored by Audreys Books and the Edmonton Arts Council.
2017 prize now closed to submissions
2016 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize Shortlist:
Tyler Enfield, Madder Carmine
Peter Midgley, Unquiet Bones
Richard Van Camp, Night Moves (WINNER)
Deadline for submissions: Closed
The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize
The City of Calgary established this prize, in honour of renowned Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell, to recognize literary achievement by Calgary authors. The $5,000 prize is awarded each year for an outstanding book published in the preceding year. If the winning book has more than one author, the prize money is divided equally among them.
The prize is administered through a partnership between The City of Calgary and the Writers' Guild of Alberta. A three-person jury from the Canadian literary community judges all entries and selects the winner for confirmation by The Calgary Awards Committee. The jury is made up of a Calgarian, an Albertan from outside Calgary, and a Canadian from outside Alberta.
The winner of the 2015 City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize was: Eugene Stickland, The Piano Teacher (BHouse Publications, 2015)
2016 prize now closed to submissions
Deadline for Submissions: Closed
Alberta Screenwriters Initiative
The Alberta Screenwriters Initiative (ABSI) was created in 2007 to facilitate the development of screenwriters in this province. The Initiative recognizes the importance of story in the creation of filmed entertainment and the necessity to actively encourage and develop the voices of Alberta writers in film. This annual prize awards avid Alberta screenwriters a first prize of $1000 and a professional workshop with a carefully matched experienced story editor or screenwriter. The 2nd and 3rd place winners receives story notes and $500.00 and $250.00, respectively.
Due to a shortage in funding, the ABSI will not be offered in 2017.
Sharon Drummond Chapbook Prize
About Sharon Drummond:
Sharon Drummond lived in Calgary from 1976 until her death in 2005. She was dedicated to the craft of poetry. Her chapbook, Still the Rush, was published in 1999 and nominated for the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award. Her first full-length book, Into This Room, was published in 2001. Her final book, Where it Began, was published posthumously by Black Moss Press in 2006. Sharon was a skilled writing instructor who taught at the Alexandra Writers' Centre and for the Calgary Board of Education. She was president of the AWCS and served on the executive of the Writers Guild of Alberta. Sharon is survived by writing friends and colleagues throughout the province, and by her 3 greatest fans -- her daughters.
How to enter: Submissions are now closed
Alberta Literary Awards
Submissions will be evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. The winners will be announced at the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in Edmonton in June. The awards presentation will take place in conjunction with the 2017 WGA Conference.
The 2017 Awards
Prizes of $1500 will be awarded in the following categories:
- R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (picture books)
- Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
- Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction
- Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (plays published or produced)
- Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
Prizes of $700 will be awarded in the following categories:
- James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (published pieces)
- Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story (published only)
- Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award (unpublished pieces)
A prize of $500 will be awarded to unpublished poetry, fiction, or nonfiction in the following category:
- Writers’ Guild of Alberta 2017 Youth/Emerging Writing Contest
Award submissions can also be entered to qualify for the following city book prize:
- The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize ($10,000 prize)
- The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize ($5000 prize)
And we will be accepting nominations for the Golden Pen Award
The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the WGA. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category.
The Writers' Guild of Alberta gratefully acknowledges the supporters and sponsors of our 2016 Alberta Literary Awards (listed below).
If you are interested in becoming an award sponsor, gala sponsor, or donor, please contact Ellen Kartz.
Youth/Emerging Writing Contest
The Writers’ Guild of Alberta continues to cultivate connections with emerging writers and the youth writing community of our province. To that end, we are pleased to announce a special youth writing contest, with a prize to be presented at our 2017 awards gala. This is contest is made possible by a generous donation from one of our members.
This contest is open to Alberta authors between 18 and 30 years of age. Submissions of fiction or nonfiction must be no more than 3,000 words. Submissions of poetry must be no more than six pages, with 12 pt. font.
The prize will be $500.