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About the Prize

Named in honour of Writers' Trust co-founders and literary couple Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, who started the organization in 1976 with the help of a few fellow writers and an aim to encourage a Canadian literary culture at home, the Atwood Gibson Prize recognizes writers of exceptional talent for the best novel or short story collection of the year.

The finalists are selected by a three-member, independent judging panel and the $60,000 winner is announced at the annual Writers’ Trust Awards. The award is generously funded by Canadian businessman and philanthropist Jim Balsillie.

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2021 Finalists


Canadian fiction writers Rebecca Fisseha, Michelle Good, and Steven Price read 130 titles submitted by 60 publishers to select the 2021 finalists.


Canadian businessman and philanthropist Jim Balsillie