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2018 Student Humorous Essay Winners announced

First Prize: Atara Juroviesky for “G.R.A.M.M.A.R.”
Tiferes Bais Yaakov School, North York 

Second Prize: Sydney Force for “McMission Impossible”
College Avenue Secondary School, Woodstock 

Third Prize: Naama Weingarten for “The Zoo”
Stephen Lewis Secondary School, Thornhill

The prizes are: First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $700, Third Prize $300.

See the full announcement here.

May 15, 2018


2018 Leacock Medal Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2018 Leacock Medal is (in alphabetical order by author surname) :
Jennifer Craig for
   Gone to Pot, Second Story Press.
Laurie Gelman for
   Class Mom, Henry Holt & Co (Raincoast Books).
Scaachi Koul for
   One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Doubleday Canada.

Read the full announcement here.

2018 Leacock Medal Shortlist

May 2, 2018


2018 Leacock Medal Longlist announced

 Leacock Medal 2018 Longlist Covers                  Photo of books long-listed for the 2018 Leacock Medal

The press release announcing the ten authors and books longlisted for the 2018 Leacock Medal can be found here.

April 23, 2018


2018 Gala Weekend tickets now available!

Tickets for the events of this year's Gala Weekend are now available for purchase exclusively through the Leacock Museum and National Historic Site at 50 Museum Drive, Orillia, ON L3V 6K5. 

The Gala Weekend is your opportunity to meet the shortlisted authors and previous Leacock Medal Winners, hear the Student Competition winners read their work, and watch the Leacock Medal winner announcement and prize awards in person. Enjoy a great dinner and literary entertainment.  

Fuller details about the weekend are available here.

For Museum opening times see here or call +1 (705) 329-1908. 

April 21, 2018


New membership drive and reduced membership fee

The non-profit registered Canadian charity Stephen Leacock Associates invites new members from the public and has reduced the annual membership fee to just $10 per individual, effective immediately.  The membership year runs from April 1 to March 31 and membership offers significant benefits, the most important of these being the opportunity to directly support Canadian literary arts and to encourage Canadian humour writing. 

New memberships, as well as renewals, can now easily be processed and paid for online at the membership page. A fuller explanation of the advantages of joining is given there too.

March 28, 2018


Runner-up prizes increased to $3,000!

Effective immediately, Stephen Leacock Associates announces a doubling of the runner-up cash prizes (to $3,000) for each of the two shortlisted (finalist) books not awarded the Leacock Medal.

The winner receives the Leacock Medal, and $15,000.

March 6, 2018


2018 Leacock Medal: Full list of submissions available

Submissions for the 2018 Leacock Medal are now officially closed.  The list of this year's 70 books submitted can be found here.

The Student Competition remains open. For details on how to enter an original humorous story or humorous personal essay, please see our Student Awards page.

January 9, 2018


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?  See our Sponsorship Information Package, or contact us by email at pr@leacock.ca for an immediate reply.

December 1, 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


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


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