Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

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The Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, formerly known as the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, is a Canadian literary award presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada after an annual juried competition of works submitted by publishers.[1] Alongside the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction and the Giller Prize, it is considered one of the three main awards for Canadian fiction in English.[2] Its eligibility criteria allow for it to garland collections of short stories as well as novels.

The award was first presented in 1997. It was renamed in January 2021, in order to honour the Canadian writers Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson.[3] Concurrently with the renaming, the prize package was increased from $50,000 to $60,000, matching the amount currently presented by its sibling, the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.[4] The prize is sponsored by Jim Balsillie.

Nominees and recipients[edit]

Year Winner Nominated
Jury: Matt Cohen, Elisabeth Harvor, Ann Ireland
Blue ribbon Austin Clarke, The Origin of Waves
Jury: Joan Clark, Austin Clarke, Trevor Ferguson
Blue ribbon Greg Hollingshead, The Healer
Jury: Lynn Coady, Sylvia Fraser, Eric Wright
Blue ribbon Peter Oliva, The City of Yes
Jury: Cynthia Holz, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Peter Oliva
Blue ribbon Helen Humphreys, Afterimage
Jury: Lesley Choyce, Eliza Clark, Olive Senior
Blue ribbon Margaret Sweatman, When Alice Lay Down with Peter
Jury: Joan Barfoot, Brian Brett, Sarah Sheard
Blue ribbon Paulette Jiles, Enemy Women
Jury: Kevin Chong, Lisa Moore, Diane Schoemperlen
Blue ribbon Kevin Patterson, Country of Cold
Jury: Sylvia Fraser, Zsuzsi Gartner, Michael Redhill
Blue ribbon Alice Munro, Runaway
Jury: Anita Rau Badami, Lewis DeSoto, Mary Swan
Blue ribbon Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road
Jury: Karen Connelly, Jeffrey Moore, Anna Porter
Blue ribbon Kenneth J. Harvey, Inside
Jury: Kevin Major, Kim Moritsugu, Madeleine Thien
Blue ribbon Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes
Jury: Lawrence Hill, Annabel Lyon, Heather O'Neill
Blue ribbon Miriam Toews, The Flying Troutmans
Jury: Marina Endicott, Miriam Toews, R.M. Vaughan
Blue ribbon Annabel Lyon, The Golden Mean
Jury: Andrew Pyper, Eden Robinson, Lisa Moore.[5]
Blue ribbon Emma Donoghue, Room
Jury: Emma Donoghue, Rabindranath Maharaj, Margaret Sweatman
Blue ribbon Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers[6]
Jury: Esi Edugyan, Lynn Coady, Drew Hayden Taylor
Blue ribbon Tamas Dobozy, Siege 13[7]
Jury: Caroline Adderson, Alison Pick, Miguel Syjuco
Blue ribbon Colin McAdam, A Beautiful Truth
Jury: Neil Bissoondath, George Murray, Helen Humphreys
Blue ribbon Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows[8]
Jury: Aislinn Hunter, Shani Mootoo, Richard Wagamese
Blue ribbon André Alexis, Fifteen Dogs[10]
Jury: Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, Pasha Malla
Blue ribbon Yasuko Thanh, Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains[11]
Jury: Michael Christie, Christy Ann Conlin, Tracey Lindberg
Blue ribbon David Chariandy, Brother[12]
Jury: Ann Y. K. Choi, Mireille Silcoff, Robert Wiersema
Blue ribbon Kathy Page, Dear Evelyn[14]
Jury: Dennis Bock, Michael Kaan, Suzette Mayr
Blue ribbon André Alexis, Days by Moonlight[16]
Jury: Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Waubgeshig Rice, Yasuko Thanh.
Blue ribbon Gil Adamson, Ridgerunner[18]
Jury: Rebecca Fisseha, Michelle Good, Steven Price
Blue ribbon Katherena Vermette, The Strangers[20]
Jury: David Bergen, Norma Dunning, Andrew Forbes
Blue ribbon Nicholas Herring, Some Hellish[22]


  1. ^ The Writers' Trust of Canada, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Archived 2007-05-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Who wins Canada’s literary prizes — and why". Maclean's, October 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Writers' Trust renames fiction prize after co-founders and couple Atwood and Gibson". CTV News, January 27, 2021.
  4. ^ K. J. Aiello, "Will a Writers’ Trust award honouring Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson mark the beginning of a hopeful year for writers?". The Globe and Mail, January 27, 2021.
  5. ^ "Emma Donoghue’s Room a Writers’ Trust finalist". Toronto Star, September 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "Patrick deWitt’s 'The Sisters Brothers' wins Writers’ Trust Prize". The Globe and Mail, November 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "Tamas Dobozy wins Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Siege 13" Archived 2013-12-03 at National Post, November 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Medley, Mark (4 November 2014). "Miriam Toews wins Writers' Trust award for All My Puny Sorrows". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Globe columnist among Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize nominees". The Globe and Mail, September 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "André Alexis wins Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize". The Globe and Mail, November 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "Rogers Writers’ Trust: Celebrating the 2016 winners". Maclean's, November 3, 2016.
  12. ^ "David Chariandy, Billie Livingston, and Diane Schoemperlen among the winners at the 2017 Writers’ Trust awards". Quill & Quire, November 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "Edugyan, Hage among Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction finalists". Quill & Quire, September 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Books inspired by the authors’ parents win the top Writers’ Trust Awards". Toronto Star, November 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "André Alexis, Michael Crummey shortlisted for $50K Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize". CBC Books, September 24, 2019.
  16. ^ Deborah Dundas, "Andre Alexis, Jenny Heijun Wills are big winners at Writers’ Trust Awards". Toronto Star, November 5, 2019.
  17. ^ "Thomas King, Gil Adamson among finalists for $50K Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize". Toronto Star, October 6, 2020.
  18. ^ Craig Takeuchi, "Gil Adamson, Jessica J. Lee win Writers’ Trust literary prizes". Now, November 19, 2020.
  19. ^ Deborah Dundas, "‘May the force be with you’: Five finalists for the first Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize announced". Toronto Star, September 29, 2021.
  20. ^ Jane van Koeverden, "Katherena Vermette, Tomson Highway and Cherie Dimaline among winners at 2021 Writers' Trust Awards". CBC Books, November 3, 2021.
  21. ^ "Two translated titles among finalists for $60,000 Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize". The Globe and Mail, September 14, 2022.
  22. ^ Deborah Dundas, "Writers’ Trust 2022 book award winners collect $270,000 in prizes". Toronto Star, November 2, 2022.

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