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Sept 15, 2014

Back to (Writing) School with Ian Williams (YYC)

Calgary Distinguished Writers Program Writer-in-Resident Kick-Starts our new season!

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Sept 17, 2014

"After You..." Poetry Workshop with Mary Pinkoski (YEG)

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Sept 24 - 28, 2014

2014 Fall Strawberry Creek Retreat

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Sept 26-28, 2014

WGA Celebrates Alberta Culture Days

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Jan 30 - Feb 8, 2015

2015 Banff Writers Retreat

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Programs & Services: Alberta Literary Awards

2014 ALBERTA LITERARY AWARDS:

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THE 2014 ALBERTA LITERARY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta revealed the winners of the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards in Calgary on June 6, 2013 in conjunction with the Book Publishers Association of Alberta’s Alberta Book Publishing Awards and the Edmonton Public Library’s Alberta Readers Choice Award.  More than 200 writers attended the 2014 Alberta Book Awards Gala, part of The Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s 2014 Calgary Conference, “After the Flood, Alberta Writers Unite One Year Later.”

Click Here for the Official Announcement!

Highlights of the evening included:

  • Karen Bass received the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature for her book, Graffiti Knight.
  • Ali Bryan’s first novel, Roost, received honor as the recipient of the Georges Bugnet Award for fiction.
  • After recently being declared as the winner of The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, Tyler Trafford walked away with the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction for his book, Almost a Great Escape.
  • Rising Calgary playwright, Arun Lakra received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama for his second play, Sequence.
  • The Stephan G. Stephansson award for Poetry was awarded to Paul Zits for Massacre Street.
  • Peace River-based travel writer, Trina Moyles received the Amber Bowerman Memorial Travel Writing Award for her piece, “The Chicken Feather.”
  • Eighteen Bridges editor, Curtis Gillespie won the James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction for his piece “In the Chair: Clippings From Around the World.”
  • Edmonton author, Jasmina Odor walked away with the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story for her piece, “His.”
  • The Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize went to “Night/light” by Kim McCullough.
  • This year’s WGA Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Edmonton’s Alice Major.

This celebration marked the 32nd anniversary of the Alberta Literary Awards and brought writers from across Alberta and Canada.

Awards Background

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 (chapter 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:

  • Amber Bowerman Memorial Travel Writing Award (unpublished only)
  • 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 2014:

  • 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, 2013

Submissions for the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards are now closed. Next year's submission guidelines will be released in Oct/Nov 2014.

Click Here for the 2014 application form, submission guidelines, and entry information

Past finalists and winners of the Alberta Literary Awards

History of the Alberta Literary Awards


2014 Alberta Literary Awards Sponsors and Supporters
The Writers' Guild of Alberta gratefully acknowledges the following supporters our 2013 Awards:

If you are interested in becoming an award sponsor, gala sponsor, or donor for 2013, please contact Nicholas Mather


  Alberta Views

Donors:

Ann Campbell
Stephan V. Benediktson

Tony Johnson

Shenaaz Nanji
Vanna Tessier and Guy Tessier

The Banff Centre  
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MORE AWARDS

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 and George Melnyk. 

Nomination Deadline: April 11, 2014

2014 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, 2013.

The Deadline for this award has passed.  Stay tuned in the Fall 2014 for next year's guidelines.

2014 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.  The award was recently renamed to honour Robert Kroetsch, who died in a tragic car accident in 2011. 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, 2013.

The Deadline for this award has passed.  Stay tuned in the Fall 2014 for next year's guidelines.

2014 Winner

2014 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 10, 2014

The Deadline for this award has passed.  Stay tuned in December 2014 for next year's guidelines.

2014 Winners

2014 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

2014 Winner

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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