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About the Award

The Writers' Trust Engel Findley Award is given to a mid-career writer in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian literature. All Canadian writers are eligible. The winner, selected by a three-member, independent judging panel, is announced annually at the Writers’ Trust Awards. The prize is sponsored by the WT Prize Fund and Timothy Findley Estate.

2021 Winner


Jury Citation

“Cherie Dimaline is a fearless and transformative storyteller,” said the jury. “Her devotion to craft and character manifests prose, both rich and earthy, that transcends genre and threads together Indigenous heritage with historical and contemporary realities… Dimaline continues to forge a fresh pathway into the landscape of Canadian literature.”

— 2021 Writers’ Trust Engel Findley Award Jury (David A. Robertson, Kerri Sakamoto, and Russell Wangersky)

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“It’s incredible to be told, when it feels like you’re bumping along in the middle of nowhere, that you’re on the right path. It feels like a big, beautiful lifeline.”

– Billie Livingston

2017 Engel Findley Award winner