Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers
Winner: $4,000; Finalists: $250
Sponsored by Robin Pacific
Past honouree Brian Francis hosted the 10th anniversary celebration of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers on June 18 at the Canadian Writers’ Summit.
A jury composed of bookseller Anjula Gogia, poet Billeh Nickerson, and fiction writer Casey Plett selected the winner and honour of distinction recipients:
Leah Horlick is a writer and poet who grew up in Saskatoon. She now lives in Vancouver, where she and Esther McPhee co-curate REVERB, a queer and anti-oppressive reading series. She has published two collections of poetry, Riot Lung, which was shortlisted for a ReLit Award and a Saskatchewan Book Award, and For Your Own Good, which received an honour from the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Awards.
Honours of Distinction
Gwen Benaway is a two-spirited poet of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She was born in Huron Country and currently lives in Toronto. Her first collection of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, was published in 2013 and her second collection is forthcoming from Kegedonce Press this fall.
jia qing wilson-yang is a mixed race trans woman living in Toronto. Her debut novel, Small Beauty, was published by Metonymy Press this spring. Her writing has appeared in Room magazine and the anthology Letters Lived: Radical Reflections, Revolutionary Paths.
About the Prize
Established in 2007, the prize is presented to an emerging Canadian writer from the LGBTQ community who demonstrates great promise through a body of work of exceptional quality. Writers who identify themselves as LGBTQ are eligible and while no age restriction exists, the prize is intended for developing writers. The winner, along with two honours of distinction, is selected by a three-member, independent judging panel. Past winners of the prize include Michael V. Smith, Zoe Whittall, and Amber Dawn.
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.