Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Winner: $25,000; Finalists: $2,500 


2014 Shortlist Announcement - October 1

2013 Prize Winner


Colin McAdam
A Beautiful Truth
Hamish Hamilton Canada


Jury Citation  

A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam tells the story of Judy and Walt, of their adopted chimpanzee Looee, and of a whole cast of other primates at a research institute in Florida. In prose both strange and startling, Colin McAdam asks what, if anything, separates the human from the animal; he answers with heartbreaking honesty. This is the kind of book you finish just to pick back up again, if only to figure out how he pulled it off.

About the Book

Walt and Judy's happiness has been blighted by their childlessness. Although their marriage seems blissful, Judy feels increasingly empty and Walt longs to make her happy again. Then he brings home Looee – a baby chimpanzee. Looee, exuberant and demanding, immediately fills the gap, and they come to love him as their own son. Like any child, Looee is affectionate and quick to learn. But he is also a deeply unpredictable animal, and one night their unique family life is changed forever. Told alternately from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, A Beautiful Truth is about realities of nature we so often ignore.

About the Author

Colin McAdam has written for Harper’s and The Walrus. He is a past winner of the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize, and has been a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General’s Literary Award. This is McAdam’s second nomination for a Writers’ Trust award; he was a finalist for this prize in 2004 for his first novel, Some Great Thing. He lives in Toronto.


Prize Finalists

Krista Bridge

The Eliot Girls
(Douglas & McIntyre)

Lynn Coady

(House of Anansi Press)

Cary Fagan
A Bird’s Eye
(House of Anansi Press)

Lisa Moore

(House of Anansi Press)

The finalists were chosen by a jury of Caroline Adderson, Alison Pick, and Miguel Syjuco, who read 115 books in total from 50 publishers.

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. The winner, selected by a three-member, independent judging panel, is announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards event.

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.




Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Final Deadline

November 5, 2014 for books published between
July 9 & Dec 31

Berton House Writer-in-Residence

October 3, 2014

Woodcock Fund





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