Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers

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

2015 Winner

2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers Winner Alessandra Naccarato for “Re-Origin of Species”




Alex Leslie

Jury Citation

With assured debuts in two genres, Alex Leslie melds remarkable acuity of vision with a refreshing eagerness for formal experimentation. She’s at once a writer’s writer and an accomplished teller of tales. People Who Disappear, her artfully gritty and ultimately uplifting story collection, presents fresh and nuanced portraits of West Coast living far from the affluence and rhythms of the city. In rendering the inhabitants of The things I heard about you’s enticing prose poems – solitary ferry rider, outlier schoolgirl, river’s edge creature, and pariah scrounger – Leslie displays a tremendous gift for compassion that’s equal to a talent for technique. 

Honours of Distinction

Casey Plett 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction

Casey Plett


Vivek Shraya 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction

Vivek Shraya 




About the Prize

Established in 2007, the prize is presented annually to an emerging Canadian writer from the LGBT community who demonstrates great promise through a body of work of exceptional quality. Writers who identify themselves as LGBT are eligible and while no age restriction exists, the prize is intended for developing writers. The winner, along with two honours of distiction, is selected by a three-member, independent judging panel.

About the Sponsor

The prize was established by Robin Pacific, a close personal friend of Dayne Ogilvie. Mr. Ogilvie was a highly respected freelance book editor, writer, and manager. A passionate lover of all the arts, he died in October 2006.


Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
First Deadline

March 23, 2016
For books published between
Oct 1 - March 22

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award 

March 7, 2016. 

Woodcock Fund



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