Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Winner: $25,000; Finalists: $2,500 
Winner Revealed November 2 at the Writers' Trust Awards.

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For 20 years the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize has recognized the best Canadian novel or short story collection. The 2016 finalists were selected by a jury composed of writers Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla. They read 135 books submitted by 55 publishers. 

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

Yasuko Thanh
Yasuko Thanh
 (Victoria, BC)
for Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains
Hamish Hamilton

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


Don't miss the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize reading at IFOA featuring all five finalists, October 25 at 6:30pm in Toronto. 

Get your copy of each shortlisted book at's Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize shop.


Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 2016 Jury

Listen to
 a podcast of the 2016 prize jurors discussing their adjudication process. 

Lauren B. Davis 
is a critically acclaimed author and creative writing teacher. Her work includes the novels Against a Darkening Sky; The Empty Room; Our Daily Bread, which was longlisted for the Giller Prize; and The Radiant City, which was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She is also the author of two collections of short storiesBorn in Montreal, she now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Trevor Ferguson
 is the author of seven novels, including The River Burns, under his own name and a further five, including The Storm Murders and Seven Days Dead, under his pseudonym, John Farrow.  His novel The Timekeeper won the Quebec Writers' Federation's Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was adapted into a feature film. He lives in Hudson, Quebec.

Pasha Malla
’s first book, the short story collection The Withdrawal Method, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Trillium Book Award, as well as being shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His debut novel, People Park, was shortlisted for the First Novel Award. Malla lives in Hamilton, Ontario. 

About the Writers’ Trust

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs, including ten national literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.

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. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the prize. The winner will be announced November 2 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.


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Second Deadline

Nov 16, 2016
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