Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Winner: $50,000; Finalists: $5,000 
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Finalists Announced: September 27
Winner Revealed: November 14

For over 20 years the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize has recognized the best Canadian novel or short story collection. 

2017 Jury

Michael ChristieMichael Christie is the author of If I Fall, If I Die, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, won the Northern Lit Award, and was selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice in 2015. His collection of short stories, The Beggar’s Garden, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Vancouver Book Award. Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Christie completed an MFA at the University of British Columbia and now lives on Galiano Island.


Christy Ann ConlinChristy Ann Conlin is a writer who lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Her first novel, Heave, was a Globe and Mail “Top 100” book in 2002 and was a finalist for the First Novel Award, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her second novel, The Memento, was published last year. Conlin completed an MFA at the University of British Columbia and teaches in the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies creative writing program.

Tracey LindebergTracey Lindberg is a citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation, Rocky Mountain Cree, and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community. She is an award-winning writer for her academic work and teaches Indigenous law at the University of Ottawa. Her first novel, Birdie, was a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award and the 2016 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. Lindberg lives near Ottawa.


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2016 Winner

Michael Helm

Yasuko Thanh
Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains
Hamish Hamilton

Yasuko Thanh

"Straining under the colonial rule of the French at the turn of the twentieth century, Vietnam is rife with corruption, oppression, opium dens, and revolutionary cells, and an active guillotine dominates a Saigon square. With compelling narrative drive, Yasuko Thanh imbues Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains with atmosphere and resonance, and creates mesmerizing characters who undergo complex change  politically, socially, personally, sexually  as they are gathered into a vortex of intrigue and risk. The author is as fearless and as wise in reshaping the mystique of the revolutionary as she is in delineating a dramatic time and place in this elegant and tantalizing novel."

- 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla

About the Book

Vietnam is a haunted country, and Dr. Nguyen Georges-Minh is a haunted man. In 1908, the French rule Saigon, but uneasily; dissent whispers through the corridors of the city. Each day, more Vietnamese rebels are paraded through the streets towards the gleaming blade of the guillotine, now a permanent fixture in the main square and a gruesome warning to those who would attempt to challenge colonial rule. It is a warning that Georges-Minh will not heed. A Vietnamese national and Paris-educated physician, he is obsessed by guilt over his material wealth and nurses a secret loathing for the French connections that have made him rich, even as they have torn his beloved country apart.

About the Author

Yasuko Thanh won the Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize in 2009 for her story “Floating Like the Dead.” In 2012, her debut collection of the same name was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Thanh’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including Prairie Fire, Descant, PRISM international, and Vancouver Review. She lives in Victoria.

2016 Finalists

Michael Helm
Michael Helm 
(Dundas, ON)
for After James
McClelland & Stewart

Anosh Irani
Anosh Irani
 (Vancouver, BC)
for The Parcel
Knopf Canada

Kerry Lee Powell
Kerry Lee Powell
 (Moncton, NB)
for Willem de Kooning's Paintbrush
Harper Avenue

Katherena Vermette
Katherena Vermette
 (Winnipeg, MB)
for The Break
House of Anansi


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About the Prize

The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent for the year’s best novel or short-story collection as selected by a three-member, independent judging panel. The prize has been sponsored by Rogers Communications Inc. since its inception in 1997. The 2017 winner will be announced November 14 at the Writers’ Trust Awards in Toronto.

About the Sponsor

Rogers Communications is a leading provider of Wireless, Cable TV, High Speed Internet and Home Phone services to consumer residences and businesses in Canada. They have generously sponsored this award since it was created in 1997.



Woodcock Fund


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