The 2015 shortlist

Our warmest congratulations to our shortlisted authors, listed in alphabetical order…

Curtains For Roy — Aaron Bushkowsky

Where I Belong — Alan Doyle

No Relation — Terry Fallis

Laughing All The Way to the Mosque — Zarqa Nawaz

A Loose Egg — Robert Wringham

We anticipate all the shortlisted authors will attend the luncheon announcing the winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour and the TD Financial Group $15,000 cash prize. The remaining top four authors will snag $1,500 each.

The lunch is slated for April 30 (11:30–1:30) in the Hermitage Room of the Best Western Mariposa Inn in Orillia, Ontario. Tickets are $26 for members, $30 for non-members, and are available from Donnajean Jefferies at 705-325-1757.

A word from our awards committee…


The Leacock Medal for Humour race is well under way. Five independent judges, from the east coast to the west coast of Canada, are reading and evaluating the 73 submissions for this year’s award. The finish line for their results is March 25. So far, these cold snowy days are making it easier to find reading time.

A longlist for great summer reading will be publicized from the top choices of each judge and the volunteer readers in Orillia.

On April 1, the five shortlisted authors will be announced in the media. We encourage you to read these five books and determine which author you think will receive the Medal.

The 70th Leacock Medal for Humour winner will be announced with great fanfare and humour at a luncheon on April 30 (11:30–1:30) at the Best Western Mariposa Inn, Hermitage Room, in Orillia, Ontario. We would be honoured to have you come and join in the fun.

Tickets: $26 for members, $30 for non-members, available from Donnajean at 705-325-1757.


MEMBERSHIP gets you discounts on all Leacock Medal and Leacock Museum events!
Membership costs $25 for a single person and $35 for a family. You will also receive our Charitable Registration Number for tax purposes. To obtain your Membership card, mail your cheque, payable to the Leacock Associates, to PO Box 854, Orillia, ON  L3V 6K8.


Important dates

March 23: Entry for Student Competition closes

April 1: Shortlist of top 5 entries announced

April 30: Luncheon announcing the winner of the Leacock Medal and $15,000 cash prize from TD Financial Group

June 5: Soiree for student winner

June 6: Gala dinner feting the Leacock Medal winner

2014 AGM

Hard to believe it’s that time again already. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 9, 2 p.m.; all are welcome. Location: in Orillia, specifics to be announced.

My fabulous year

Dear Judith and Leacock Committee Members,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for my fabulous year. You maybe didn’t hear so much down east but things were happening here in the prairies. I did a ton of festivals (and still have more to come this season), interviews, and activities that I never would have had the opportunity to do without winning the Leacock. It made an incredible difference in my literary life. I still think fondly of my time in Orillia and all the kindness and welcome I felt there. I am so grateful for the work all of you do to make this award possible. I hope to go down in history as the only Co-op grocery store clerk to win the award. If another clerk submits a book, please discard it immediately.

Love and good thoughts to all.

Cassie Stocks
Author of Dance, Gladys, Dance
Winner of the 2013 Leacock Medal for Humour

Sad news

We are sad to learn long-time Leacock Associates board member Linda Crawford passed away this afternoon at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Orillia, Ontario. Linda was a driving force in the organization for many years and played a huge role in organizing and making our annual gala dinners a success. Many of you may have obtained your tickets from her. Our condolences to all her friends and family.