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Lisa Foad’s short story collection, The Night Is a Mouth (Exile Editions, 2009), won the ReLit Award for Short Fiction and a Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie honour of distinction. Her work has appeared in Taddle Creek, ELQ Magazine, Poetry Is Dead, and elsewhere, and has been awarded the Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Prize. She holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of a Felipe P. De Alba Fellowship and a nominee for the Henfield Prize. Foad lives in Toronto and is currently working on a novel and short story collection.


2020 Journey Prize Finalist Lisa Foad

Award History

Jury Citation

"In Lisa Foad’s 'Hunting,' a gang of five motherless girls fight to survive in a dystopic city ravaged by the unchecked appetites of men. Written in gripping, clear-eyed prose, the story is shot through with violence that is neither romanticized or gratuitous. In Foad’s masterful hands, each act is essential — and even beautiful — with an internal velocity that hurls itself towards a heartstopper of a final line. 'Hunting' is an audacious, electric jolt of a story that is, at its heart, a call to bear witness to both the powerful anger and ferocious love of young women."
— 2020 Journey Prize Jury (Amy Jones, and Doretta Lau, and Téa Mutonji)

Jury Citation

“Lisa Foad's short story collection, 'The Night is a Mouth,' is a provocative, fearless book, the language surreal in its violence and sensuality. All of the characters — even the despicable ones — are heart-breaking and whole. An excellent debut from a writer with great promise.”
— 2010 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers Jury (Brian Francis, Don Hannah, and Suzette Mayr)

Works recognized by WT


The Night Is a Mouth