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About the Prize

The 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 $50,000 winner is announced at the annual Writers’ Trust Awards.

2020 Winner

Gil Adamson


House of Anansi Press

Jury Citation

”Gil Adamson’s Ridgerunner sinks readers into a Wild West never before seen in an adventure as sprawling and impeccably rendered as the land itself — a scrupulously researched, evocative landscape that shapes the spaces, both interior and exterior, of those who live there as well as the dangerous ties that bind them. Through the eyes of an infamous thief and the 12-year-old son for whom he is searching, Adamson explores notions of good and evil as ubiquitous as gun smoke and just as nebulous, along with the reminder that all which is fought for comes at a cost.”

— 2020 WT Fiction Prize Jury (Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Waubgeshig Rice, and Yasuko Thanh)

2020 Finalists


Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Waubgeshig Rice, and Yasuko Thanh read 123 titles submitted by 61 publishers.

“Having recently arrived in the country, reading a spread of contemporary fiction gives me a better insight into the various facets of Canadian culture than any tour guide possibly could.”

— Zaneta Laurence, Supporter