Monday, May 25, 2009

Winners of the 2009 Alberta Literary Awards!

On May 23, 2009 the winners of the 2009 Alberta Literary Awards were announced as part of the Limitless Sky Conference put on by The Writers' Union of Canada and The Writers Guild of Alberta in Calgary. With over 140 submissions from talent across Alberta, it surely was no easy task to pick the winners. However, the choices were made and the winners announced...congratulations to all the award winners for there outstanding contributions to making Alberta's literary scene a thriving one!

Hazel Hutchins (Canmore) received the R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature for her picture book Mattland.
Jaspreet Singh, recently shortlisted for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, received the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction for his novel Chef.
Caterina Edwards received the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction for Finding Rosa: A Mother with Alzheimer's, a Daughter in Search of the Past. This book was also shortlisted for this year's City of Edmonton Book Prize.
Sharon Pollock, two-time Governor General Award winner was awarded the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama for Kabloona Talk, from Sharon Pollock: Collected Works Volume Three.
Lisa Martin-DeMoor (Edmonton) won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry for her first collection of poetry, One Crow Sorrow.
Leah Bailly received the inaugural Amber Bowerman Memorial Travel Writing Award for Long Views Across Nothing.
Barb Howard (Bragg Creek) received the Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story for Mrs. Goodfellow's Dog, published in Grain.

The Writers' Union of Canada also presented the highly anticipated Danuta Gleed Literary Award to Pasha Malla for The Withdrawal Method.

Again, congratulations to all the winners of this years Alberta Literary Awards and to all who submitted. Keep on writing, creating, and contributing your unique voices and perspectives!!!