Published Brampton authors can write their way to a $60,000 grand prize by entering the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize awarded to the Canadian novel or short story collection of the year.
The new literary prize is named in honour of storied Canadian writers Margaret Atwood and her partner, the late Graeme Gibson. Atwood praised Writers’ Trust as the quiet giant of Canadian literature and she and Gibson often marvelled at how far it had come over the years.
“We knew the role a major prize could have on a writer’s confidence and career, not to mention their bank account,” said Atwood, a Writers’ Trust co-founder. “I can’t wait to discover the new voices and new stories that this prize rewards.”
A three-member independent judging panel will select the finalists and the $60,000 prize winner will be announced at the annual Writers’ Trust Awards on November 3. Finalists will receive $5,000 each. The award is funded by Canadian businessman and philanthropist Jim Balsillie.
To be eligible, participants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, have been published by a professional publishing house and have a book published between October 1st, 2020 and September 30th, 2021.
“The Atwood Gibson Prize is fantastic news for Canadian writers,” said David Young, fellow Writers’ Trust co-founder. “Margaret and Graeme lit the founding fire that brought WT into being so many years ago. This prize is a perfect way to commemorate their vision.”
Due to the pandemic, jurors are reading all submissions for the 2021 fiction prize via EReader. Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books and previous publication in another country does not disqualify a book. Titles may be single-authored or co-authored. Multi-authored collections, anthologies, and conference proceedings are not eligible.
Visit Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for further details.