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Submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Leacock Medal

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send in their entries now for the 2020 Leacock Medal for Humour.  Details about the submission rules and process are given on our Leacock Medal Award page.  The deadline is December 31, 2019.  The list of entries received so far is given here.

September 19, 2020

Cathal Kelly wins 2019 Leacock Medal

At a packed awards dinner on June 8, Cathal Kelly won out against the other shortlisted authors to win the Leacock Medal for Humour for 2019 for his book Boy Wonders (published by Doubleday Canada).  Over the course of a hilarious evening hosted by former winner Ian Ferguson as master of ceremonies, diners were treated to several exhibitions of humour by former winners of the medal, as well as Cathal himself, all sewn together by Ian's wit.  

The virtues of each book were amusingly extolled by Terry Fallis (for Ali Bryan's The Figgs), John Levesque (for Mark Critch's Son of a Critch) and Joe Kertes (for Cathal Kelly's Boy Wonders).  Another highlight of the evening was the introduction of Drew Hayden Taylor as the new Mayor (or Grand Chief) of Mariposa, following in the footsteps of Dan Needles who retired last year.  Drew proved himself to be a worthy successor with his amusing anecdotes.

Diners left at the end of the evening sated with food and wit.

Gala Dinner Photo

Mark Critch, Cathal Kelly and Ali Bryan after the award winner was announced.

June 8, 2019

Bryan, Critch, and Kelly make Leacock Medal shortlist

The Stephen Leacock Associates board of directors is pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

In the running for the medal and $15,000 prize are, in alphabetical order by author surname:

The winner will be announced during a gala dinner Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Best Western Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre in Orillia. 

“As always, our panel of judges from across Canada and our committee of local readers had the difficult task of choosing from many submissions — 68 books this year,” said Leacock Associates president Nathan Taylor. “Once again, they have not disappointed, choosing three worthy contenders for this year’s medal. We thank them for their invaluable time and effort.”

Tickets are on sale for the June 8 gala dinner at the Leacock Museum. They cost $75 each. The event will start at 5 p.m.   See the April 6 post below for more details.

May 6, 2019

LonglistLeacock Medal Longlist Revealed

The Board of Directors of Stephen Leacock Associates is pleased to announce its 2019 longlist for the 72nd Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. 

Board President Nathan Taylor has thanked the Canadian panel of judges from all across Canada and the committee of local readers for their recommendations. 

The full list of the ten authors and their book titles is given here.

April 23, 2019

Humorists to Officiate at the Leacock Gala Dinner

Ian FergusonWe are pleased to welcome back Ian Ferguson as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening at the Gala Dinner on June 8.  Ian is an author and journalist who won the Leacock Medal in 2004 for his book Village of the Small Houses, and who was our MC last year.  He kept us all in stitches both that evening and at the "Meet the Authors" supper the previous evening.


In addition, former Mayor of Mariposa Dan Needles (after many years of amusing us with his dissertations on life in Mariposa) has passed on his chain of office to Drew Hayden Taylor, a runner-up for the medal in 2017 with his book Take Us To Your Chief And Other Stories.  His recent play Cottagers and Indians has met with much success.  To honour his First Nation roots, Drew will hold the title of Grand Chief of Mariposa.

We extend a warm welcome to both Ian and Drew, and look forward to the humorous insights they are sure to provide during our festivities.

April 13, 2019

Tickets Now Available for Leacock Medal for Humour Dinner

Stephen Leacock Associates announces that tickets for the events of the Gala Weekend on June 7 and 8 are now available.

The Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour has been awarded annually to the best Canadian book of humour since 1947. This year the winner will be announced and the medal will be awarded to one of the three short-listed finalists at our Gala Dinner on June 8, 2019. The event will be held at the Best Western Mariposa Inn, 400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia, starting at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $75.

As a precursor to this event, you are also invited to attend a “Meet the Authors” evening on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., also at the Mariposa Inn. The cost is $20 and includes appetizers.

Tickets for both these events are available at the Leacock Museum in Orillia. Phone 705-329-1908 or email to make reservations. All tickets must be paid for in advance by cash or cheque only. Physical tickets are available for pickup at the museum, or can be picked up at each of the events if ordered and paid for in advance.

For more information, please see the Stephen Leacock Associates web site at

Anyone interested in becoming a member of Stephen Leacock Associates and helping to administer the Leacock Medal for Humour can subscribe on-line at

April 6, 2019

Please renew your membership for the coming year!

Our membership year runs from April 1 to March 31 of the following year.   When you renew now, your membership will be paid up until March 31, 2020.

Renewing your membership is a simple process that can be accomplished on-line on our web site.  You can view the instructions by clicking on the following link:

You may pay using a credit or debit card, or by sending us a cheque.  Membership costs a mere $10 per person.

When renewing on-line, please update your profile to let us know of any way in which you can participate in the running of our organization.  We welcome your skills and any help we can get. We also welcome any additional donations you may include, and (as we are a charity) will issue tax receipts for any donations over $25.

Anyone who is not yet a member and wishes to join us can fill in our on-line membership application form at this link:

March 1, 2019

2019 Leacock Medal: Full list of submissions available

Submissions for the 2019 Leacock Medal are now officially closed.  The list of this year's books submitted can be found here.  

January 8, 2019

Student Competition on Hiatus

Stephen Leacock Associates announces that the student humorous essay competition has been put on hold for 2019, pending its restructuring.  Over the next year, we will be looking at ways of reaching more students across Ontario by whatever methods are most appropriate, and at the timing of submission deadlines, judging, award announcements and award presentations.

October 24, 2018

AGM will be held on November 4, 2018

The board of Stephen Leacock Associates will hold its annual general meeting Nov. 4 at Swanmore Hall, on the Leacock Museum grounds.

For more than 70 years, the Leacock Associates have awarded the annual Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, along with a $15,000 cash prize, for the best Canadian book of humour. It is the only national award of its kind in Canada.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the annual general meeting, the public session of which will commence at 3 p.m.

For more information on the Leacock Associates, check out the website and follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

October 15, 2018

Submissions for the 2019 Medal are now being accepted

For details on how to enter a book for the 2019 Leacock Medal, please see our Leacock Medal submissions page.

September 1, 2018

Leacock Museum to present Leacock Summer Festival

Leacock MuseumThe Leacock Museum will be offering a series of exciting book and poetry readings, workshops and story-telling events during their summer festival from Wednesday, July 18th to Sunday, July 22nd.

See the schedule of events, the lineup of the authors/artists who are offering their services, ideas and guidance to participants, and their bios.

Tickets are available directly from the Leacock Museum. 

Contact Jen Martynyshyn at or 705-329-1908.

July 5, 2018

Jennifer Craig wins the 2018 Leacock Medal

Congratulations to Jennifer Craig of Nelson, BC, for winning the 2018 Leacock Medal for her excellent humorous novel, Gone to Pot, published by Second Story Press.

                  Jennifer Craig, author of 'Gone to Pot,' published by Second Story Press
                                  Photo credit: Fred Rosenberg

Jennifer was unable to attend the Gala Dinner, but her daughter Juliet accepted the medal on her behalf.  Juliet's acceptance speech was recorded and is here on YouTube.

June 9, 2018

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

Updated June 14, 2018:   When we asked Atara Juroviesky what she thought of her experience winning and receiving the prestigious Student Humorous Essay Prize, she replied, "The writing community is so open and friendly to anyone who is willing to walk in. We were all shown nothing but kindness, talent, and some good laughs"


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