Want to be on the inside track when it comes to finding out who will take home the 2017 Leacock Medal and the accompanying $15,000 prize? Bate your breath and join all the shortlisted authors, from whom the winner will be announced, as well as past winners, publishers and other representatives from the #canlit community, at our gala awards dinner on June 10. In fact, you’re invited to join us for the entire gala weekend, starting on Friday, June 9. We’ll be celebrating the shortlisted authors as well as the finalists in the student competition. Get your tickets today! Click here for more information.
The longlist for the 2017 Leacock Medal (in alphabetical order by author surname) is:
- John Armstrong for A Series of Dogs, New Star Books.
- Mona Awad for 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Penguin Canada.
- Gary Barwin for Yiddish for Pirates, Random House Canada.
- Judy Batalion for White Walls, New American Library/Random House Canada.
- Lesley Crewe for Mary, Mary, Nimbus Publishing.
- C.P. Hoff for A Town Called Forget, Five Rivers Publishing.
- Marni Jackson for Don’t I Know You, Flatiron Books.
- Amy Jones for We’re All in This Together, McClelland & Stewart.
- Jack Knox for Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada, Heritage House Publishing.
- Noah Richler for The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, Doubleday Canada.
- Drew Hayden Taylor for Take Us to Your Chief And Other Stories, Douglas & McIntyre.
There are 11 instead of 10 because two of the books tied in the judges’ marks.
This year’s longlist will be narrowed down to a shortlist of three Leacock Medal finalists, who will be announced in Orillia on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
The winner of the Leacock Medal and accompanying $15,000 prize will be announced at a gala dinner celebrating all three shortlisted authors June 10, 2017, at Geneva Park Conference Centre near Orillia, Ontario.
The deadline for the student short-story competition, open to all high school students in Ontario, has been extended to April 30. Click here for more details.
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!
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.