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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.

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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 jmartynyshyn@orillia.ca 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"


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


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