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The Writers’ Union of Canada Awards Announcement

25 May at 12:00

Thursday, May 25, 2023
12 pm EDT on Facebook Live

Join The Writers’ Union of Canada for a live announcement of the winners of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Please join us to cheer on the finalists and winners!

The Danuta Gleed Literary Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2022 in the English language. The Award consists of cash prizes for the three best collections, with a first prize of $10,000 and two additional prizes of $1,000. This year’s jury comprised authors Jack Wang, Sally Ito and Cynthia Holz who determined the short list from 23 collections submitted, some by seasoned writers, others by authors being published for the first time. This year’s finalists are:

Nada Alic, Bad Thoughts (Vintage Books)
Kathy Friedman, All the Shining People (House of Anansi Press)
Kim Fu, Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century (Coach House Books)
Rawi Hage, Stray Dogs (Knopf Canada)
Saeed Teebi, Her First Palestinian (House of Anansi Press)

The Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers aims to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of short prose in order to provide opportunity and exposure to developing writers. A $2,500 prize is awarded to a Canadian writer for the best piece of unpublished prose of up to 2,500 words in the English language. This year’s Short Prose Jury comprised Doretta Lau, Tāriq Malik, and Ann Shortell.

Visit the Union’s website for more info about the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers: www.writersunion.ca. If you would like to support the work of The Writers’ Union of Canada, donations are gratefully accepted online at www.writersunion.ca/support.



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