And the 2016 winner is…


Juby    JubyAuthorPic

Susan Juby takes home the 2016 Leacock Medal for humour writing for her novel Republic of Dirt. The medal and the accompanying $15,000 prize were awarded June 11, 2016, at our gala dinner at Geneva Park Conference Centre near Orillia, Ontario. The dinner celebrated all three shortlisted authors. Our hats off to runners-up Terry Fallis for Poles Apart and Sarah Mian for When the Saints, and our warmest congratulations to Susan!

2016 long list

The top 10 books in contention for the 2016 Leacock Medal are listed alphabetically by author. The shortlist of three will be announced Friday, May 6. [Important dates]


Cox, J. David   OUR LIFE OFF THE GRID: OTG Publishing


DeWitt, Patrick   UNDER MAJOR DOMO MINOR: Anansi Press

Drake, Aaron Cully   DO YOU THINK THIS IS STRANGE: Brindle & Glass

Fallis, Terry   POLES APART: McClelland and Stewart

Juby, Susan   THE REPUBLIC OF DIRT: Harper Collins

Kaladeen, Stephen MD   THE SECRET LIFE OF DOCTORS: CreateSpace Publishing

McLean, Stuart   VINYL CAFE TURNS THE PAGE: Penguin Random House

Mian, Sarah   WHEN THE SAINTS: Harper Collins

Naves, Elaine Kalman   THE BOOK OF FAITH: Linda Leith Publishing

2015 winner and finalists

Stay tuned for news of our top 10 books in the running for the 2016 Leacock Medal!

The winner of the 2015 Leacock Medal for Humour and the TD Financial Group $15,000 cash prize: Terry Fallis for No Relation


Fallis 2015 Leacock Medal winner No Relation.


The 2015 shortlisted books are Curtains for Roy by Aaron Bushkowsky, Where I Belong by Alan Doyle, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz, and A Loose Egg by Robert Wringham.

Congratulations to all our finalists for making stellar additions to our literary-humour reading list!

Student winners, 2016

The top three winners of the student humour writing contest have been announced:

1st place * Joe Zador for “From the Journals of Allen I. Greenwald: The Deli Incident” (Glebe Collegiate Institute, Ottawa)

2nd place * Ben Wrixon for “Orange to the Thigh” (Aldershot High School, Burlington, Ontario)

3rd place * Hannah Lobbezoo for “The Peculiar Third Floor of Woodbridge Retirement Home” (College Avenue Secondary School, Woodstock, Ontario)

Congratulations to all!

Help us celebrate these up-and-coming humorists at our Friday-night soiree.

2016 Shortlist

Terry Fallis for Poles Apart, published by McClelland and Stewart.

Susan Juby for Republic of Dirt, published by Harper Collins.

Sarah Mian for When The Saints, published by Harper Collins.

The winner of the 2016 Leacock Medal and the accompanying $15,000 prize will be announced June 11 at our gala dinner at Geneva Park Conference Centre, near Orillia, Ontario. Gala details to follow.