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Interim list of entries for 2018 posted

We have posted the list of entries for the 2018 Medal that we have received to date.  This is an interim list, as the submission deadline is December 31, 2017.

December 5, 2017


New sponsorship opportunities now available!

The Leacock Associates have immediate new sponsorship opportunities of various sizes for 2018 and beyond!

Are you or your organization committed to supporting literature, the arts, humour, writing, authors, books, Canadian culture or youth literacy?

We are a registered non-profit Canadian organization with an international reputation gained through our work with Canadian humour over more than 70 years.  We award the famous Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour annually, recognize other forms of Canadian humour through the prestigious Mayor of Mariposa award, and encourage young writers through our Student Short Story competitions.

Interested?  Contact us by email at pr@leacock.ca for an immediate reply.

December 1, 2017


Reminder: Submission deadline nears

December 31, 2017, is the deadline for submissions for the 2018 Leacock Medal for Canadian literary humour.

Previous winners have indicated that winning the Leacock Medal was one of the most significant contributors to the commercial success of their writing career.  Book sales rise, self-published writers gain contracts, the media takes notice, and it becomes much easier to get subsequent books published.  Please don't miss this year's opportunity.

Would all Canadian humour writers, publishers, and literary agents please take note of the submission requirements.

November 28, 2017


Board Changes

At the recent AGM, the membership received news of several retirements by long-serving Board members, including Michael Hill, who retired as Past-President.  To honour his exceptional contribution, the Board recommended he be awarded honorary membership, which was passed by unanimous vote.  As per the new Constitution, the role of Past-President will now remain vacant until re-elected President Nathan Taylor's term of office ends. 

In addition, Board member Stephen Davids was elected as the Association's new Vice-President.

For more information on this topic, please contact info@leacock.ca.

November 13, 2017


New Constitution and Bylaws

At the recent AGM, the membership voted unanimously to adopt a new Constitution and Bylaws as recommended by the Board.  The new Constitution preserves the Objectives of the Association while adding important new sections to guide the actions of the Board into the future.

For more information on the new Constitution, please contact info@leacock.ca.

November 13, 2017


Stephen Leacock Associates' 2017 Annual General Meeting

The Stephen Leacock Associates Board of Directors was held on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 4:00 pm at 149 Peter St N, Orillia, ON L3V 4Z4. 
For more information on the AGM, or to become a member, please contact us at info@leacock.ca.

November 13, 2017


Submissions for the 2018 student humorous essay contest are now being accepted

A call for submissions has been sent out to Ontario secondary school principals to encourage their students to enter this exciting competition.  For details on how to enter an essay, please see our Student Awards page.

October 4, 2017


Submissions for the 2018 Leacock Medal are now being accepted

For details on how to enter a book for the 2018 Leacock Medal, please see our Leacock Medal submissions page.

September 18, 2017


Additional Literary Judge Recruited in Quebec

Thanks to all who showed interest in the recent opening for a Quebec-based literary judge to join our national team.

The position has been successfully filled.

August 2, 2017


Gary Barwin wins 2017 Leacock Medal

Gary BarwinPhoto credit Adela Talbot.

Gary Barwin, of Hamilton, Ontario, has won this year’s Stephen Leacock Medal for Canadian Humour and a $15,000 prize for his acclaimed book, Yiddish for Piratespublished by Random House Canada.

The winner was announced by Nathan Taylor, president of awarding body Stephen Leacock Associates, in front of an audience of around 190 at a 70th-anniversary gala dinner award ceremony near Orillia, Ontario, that was attended by no fewer than ten previous winners of the medal.

Barwin’s family was there to see him receive the prestigious Medal. He becomes the 70th winner in the history of the long-running award.  There was no award given in 1959.

Both other finalists, Amy Jones for We’re All in This Together, McClelland & Stewart, and Drew Hayden Taylor for Take Us to Your Chief And Other Stories, Douglas & McIntyre, received cash awards for achieving the shortlist.

A Canada-wide panel of readers and judges had narrowed 68 initial submissions to form a longlist of 11 highly recommended works, with only three books eventually forming the shortlist.

Click here to read Gary's acceptance speech.

June 10, 2017


2017 Shortlist Announced

The Board of Directors of Stephen Leacock Associates has announced its shortlist for the 2017 Anniversary Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour award. The top three picks have been narrowed down from a longlist of 11 out of a field of 68 entries:

In alphabetical order by author surname:

The final winner, who also receives a $15,000 prize supported by TD Bank Financial Group, is to be announced on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at a gala award dinner at Geneva Park Conference Centre, just outside Orillia, Ontario. The gala dinner is open to the public, and limited tickets are available exclusively through the Stephen Leacock Museum in Orillia. See you there!

May 3, 2017


 

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