Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers

Winner: $4,000; Finalists: $250
Sponsored by Robin Pacific

Dayne Ogilvie Prize

Past winner Leah Horlick hosts the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize ceremony on Saturday, June 3 in Vancouver. Join us for the announcement of this year's $4,000 winner at the 2017 OnWords conference.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
4-5pm, Light refreshments will be served
Room 1400–1430, Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Free and open to the public

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2017 Finalists

Finalist_Blythe, Ali
Ali Blythe 
is the editor-in-chief of The Claremont Review. His poetry collection, Twoism, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize earlier this year. Blythe completed a residency at the Banff Centre and a writing degree at the University of Victoria, receiving the Candis Graham Writing Scholarship from the Lambda Foundation. He lives in Vancouver.


Finalist_Crocker, Eva
Eva Crocker
’s short story collection Barrelling Forward was shortlisted as a manuscript for the 2015 RBC Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. Her stories have been published in Riddle FenceThe Overcast, and The Cuffer Anthology. Crocker recently completed an M.A. in English literature at Memorial University. She lives in St. John’s.



Finalist_Thom, Kai-Cheng
Kai Cheng Thom 
is a writer, performance artist, and psychotherapist. She has been widely published as an essayist and poet, and is currently a feature writer at Everyday Feminism. Thom is the author of the poetry collection A Place Called No Homeland and the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, for which she was nominated for a Lamba Literary Award. She lives in Toronto.



The finalists were selected by a jury composed of author Jane Eaton Hamilton, journalist Elio Iannacci, and poet and professor Trish Salah. Each finalist receives $250 in prize money and promotional support from the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

Dyane Ogilvie  Jury 2017

Jane Eaton Hamilton is the author of nine books of fiction and poetry. She has been shortlisted for the BC Book Prize and the Pat Lowther Award and has won first prize in the CBC Literary Awards and the Prism international Short Fiction Contest (twice). A queer activist, Hamilton was one of the litigants in Canada’s landmark same-sex marriage case. She lives in Vancouver.

Elio Iannacci is an award-winning journalist and writer. His work has appeared in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, National Post, UR Chicago, and Flare as well as several American, Italian, and German periodicals. A fashion and pop culture expert, Iannacci has been featured on CNN’s Showbiz Tonight, MTVCanada, Fashion Television, Much Music, Breakfast Television, and Entertainment Tonight. He lives in Toronto. 

Trish Salah is a poet and a professor of gender studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She works in the area of transnational studies in gender, sexuality, race, and minority cultural production. Salah is the author of two books: Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1 and Wanting in Arabic, for which she won a Lambda Literary Award. 

About the Prize

Robin Pacific established the prize in 2007 to honour her late friend, Dayne Ogilvie, who was a respected editor, writer, literary manager, and passionate lover of all the arts.

Presented for the 11th year in 2017, the Dayne Ogilvie Prize rewards emerging writers whose body of work demonstrates great potential and who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Past winners of the prize include Amber Dawn, Farzana Doctor, Zoe Whittall, and Michael V. Smith.

About the Sponsor

The Dayne Ogilvie Prize is funded by an endowment established by artist Robin Pacific in honour of her late friend Dayne Ogilvie, a highly respected book editor, writer, and passionate lover of all the arts. A passionate lover of all the arts, he died in October 2006.



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