About Shaughnessy Cohen

Shaughnessy Cohen was the Minister of Parliament for the riding of Windsor-St. Clair from 1993 until her death in 1998. Affectionately known as “Radio Shaughnessy,” she was outspoken, popular, and beloved for her sense of humour and devoted friendship. She was a lawyer by training, and used her legal background in crime as chair of the Commons Justice Committee. Shaughnessy is survived by her daughter Dena and husband Jerome. Journalist Susan Delacourt published a biography, The Passionate Politics of Shaughnessy Cohen, in 2000, the same year the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing was established.

On the tenth anniversary of the prize a video about Shaughnessy and the prize that bears her name was produced. It features reminiscences from Margaret Atwood, Peter McKay, Pamela Wallin, Anne McLellan, Janice Gross Stein, and Susan Delacourt.



Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
and Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Second Deadline

May 27, 2015
For books published between Mar 25 - May 26

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
First Deadline

June 10, 2015
For books published between Jan 1 - June 9

Berton House writer-in-residence

October 2, 2015


Woodcock Fund





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