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2015 ALBERTA LITERARY AWARDS SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN!:
The Writers' Guild of Alberta is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories. The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2014.
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Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. The winners will be announced at the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in Edmonton in the spring. The awards presentation will take place in conjunction with the 2015 Words in 3 Dimensions Conference (www.wordsin3d.com)
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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.
Prizes of $1500 are awarded in the following categories:
- R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature (picture books)
- Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
- Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction
- Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (plays published or produced)
- Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
Prizes of $700 are 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- Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize (unpublished pieces)
The WGA is also administering the following awards for 2015:
- The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize ($5000 prize)
- The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize ($10,000 prize)
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Click Here for the 2015 application form, submission guidelines, and entry information
Past finalists and winners of the Alberta Literary Awards
History of the Alberta Literary Awards
2015 Alberta Literary Awards Sponsors and Supporters
The Writers' Guild of Alberta gratefully acknowledges the following supporters our 2015 Awards:
If you are interested in becoming an award sponsor, gala sponsor, or donor for 2015, please contact us.
||Stephan V. Benediktson
In Memory of Ed Marshall
Vanna Tessier and Guy Tessier
UTA Youth Foundation at The Calgary Foundation
The 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, and Alice Major.
Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2015
2015 Nomination Guidelines
The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize
The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize is awarded in honour of acclaimed Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell. The prize was established in 1996 and is administered by the Writers' Guild of Alberta . The $5000 prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children’s literature or drama published in the preceding year. Submission deadline is December 31, 2015.
2015 Submission guidelines and entry information.
The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize Past Finalists
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. Submission deadline is December 31, 2014.
2015 Submission guidelines and entry information.
The City of Edmonton Book Prize Past Finalists
Alberta Screenwriters Initiative
The Alberta Screenwriters Initiative calls for submissions of feature film scripts of any genre from an Alberta writer. An independent jury selects one script/screenplay to receive a workshop with an experienced story editor or screenwriter. The Writers' Guild of Alberta administers the initiative on behalf of the Alberta Association of Motion Picture and Television Unions (AAMPTU). 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 and television.
Submission Deadline: March 16, 2015
2015 Submission guidelines and entry information
Past Winners of the Alberta Screenwriters Initiative
Sharon Drummond Chapbook Award
The Sharon Drummond Chapbook Award was established in 2013 in memory of the Calgary poet of the same name
and supported by Judith Robb. The award recognizes Alberta-based writers over 18 years of age who have never published a collection of poetry in chapbook or traditional book form. The winner receives a contract with Rubicon Press which includes editorial assistance from a guest editor and publication of the edited manuscript in chapbook form.
The Deadline for this award has passed. Stay tuned in Spring 2015 for next year's guidelines.
2014 Submission Guidelines and entry information
Isabel Miller Young Writers Award
The Isabel Miller Young Writers Award, for writers aged 12-18 years, is co-presented by the Writers' Guild of Alberta and the Edmonton Public Library. It was established in memory of Isabel Miller, a school teacher and writer who was active in Celebration of Women in the Arts, the Stroll of Poets, and the Writers' Guild of Alberta. Prizes totalling $600 are awarded. Selected entries will also be published in a special chapbook. Submission deadline is June 15, 2010
Submissions are now closed. Stay tuned for future updates.
Information on 2010 Isabel Miller Young Writers Award