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AGM set for November 13, 2022

The Board of Stephen Leacock Associates will hold its annual general meeting on Sunday, November 13, 2022 using the Zoom online meeting software.  Members of Stephen Leacock Associates and members of the public are welcome to attend the AGM, the public session of which will commence at 3 p.m.  Anyone wishing to attend the meeting should contact the Associates at to register no later than noon on Friday, November 11, 2022.  Registrants will be emailed the link to the meeting and instructions on how to use Zoom.

October 14, 2022

Rick Mercer wins Leacock Medal!

Rick Mercer with Leaock MedalAt the Leacock Gala Award Dinner hosted by CBC personality Ali Hassan on a warm evening on Saturday, September 17th, Rick Mercer was announced the winner of the 2022 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for his memoir Talking to Canadians, published by Doubleday Canada.  In an acceptance speech to around 230 attendees, Rick lived up to his reputation with a hilarious account of an encounter with a pigeon following a visit to the dentist; it succeeded in  elicitating immoderate laughter from his audience.  Rick beat out the other two shortlisted authors, fellow Newfoundlander Mark Critch and Saskatchewan Cree author Dawn Dumont, for the prize.

The weekend started the previous evening with a "Meet the Authors" and Student Showcase event hosted by author Terry Fallis on a very cool evening in a tent on the lawn of the Leacock Museum and Historical Site.  Despite the cold, attendees were treated to humorous essays read by the winners of the student competitions of 2021 and 2022, namely Vincenzo Fracassi, Bethany Robert, Cais Harbridge, Amy Ghobrial and George Vanderlaan.  This was followed by amusing readings or commentaries by the Medal shortlisted authors for 2020, 2021 and 2022, Heidi Jacobs, Drew Hayden Taylor, Joe Kertes, and Morgan Murray, then by an entertaining question and answer session with a panel of authors having questions fired at them by Associates treasurer Josh Milligan and the audience.

In the coming days, photos of all the events that took place on the weekend will appear on our Photo Gallery page.

(Photo: Orillia Matters)

September 19, 2022

Top entertainers Mark Critch and Rick Mercer will attend Gala Dinner

The countdown to our Gala Weekend has started!  Top entertainers Mark Critch and Rick Mercer will be attending the Gala Dinner at which the winner of this year's Leacock Medal will be announced.  Ali Hassan will be the emcee.  Many past winners and shortlisted authors will also be in attendance at this entertaining event.  See how many you can identify in the photos below.


September 1, 2022

Concern about Dawn Dumont

We have only just been made aware of a situation with Dawn Dumont, one of the finalists for the Leacock Medal, and have added this statement to our shortlist press release today:

While the Leacock Associates are happy and proud to include Dawn Dumont as one of the finalists for the Leacock Medal in 2022, we are extremely concerned for the current safety of Ms. Dumont, who also goes by the name Dawn Walker. She and her son Vincent have been missing in Saskatchewan since July 22. Saskatoon police and the RCMP continue their on-going investigation.

August 3, 2022

UPDATE:  We are glad and relieved to hear that Dawn and her son have been found safe in Oregon today.

August 5, 2022

Critch, Dumont and Mercer make Leacock Medal shortlist

ORILLIA, Ont. — The president and board of directors of Stephen Leacock Associates are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2022 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. In the running for the medal and $25,000 prize are, in alphabetical order by author surname:

· Mark Critch, An Embarassment of Critch’s (Viking Canada)
MARK CRITCH is one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian comedy and he has won multiple awards for both writing and performance. For fourteen years, he has starred on CBC's flagship show, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. As an anchor and “roving reporter,” he has brought celebrities and politicians to Canadian living rooms across the nation. He is the host of CBC’s Halifax Comedy Festival and has written for and appeared in CBC’s world-renowned Just for Laughs series.

· Dawn Dumont, The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour (Freehand Books)
Dawn DumontDAWN DUMONT is from the Okanese Cree Nation, located in southern Saskatchewan. She is the award-winning writer of Nobody Cries at Bingo, Rose’s Run and Glass Beads. Dawn is a keynote speaker, comedian and humourist for Eaglefeather News and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.



· Rick Mercer, Talking to Canadians (Doubleday Canada)
Rick Mercer
RICK MERCER co-created and performed on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, created and starred in Made in Canada, and created and starred in Talking to Americans, the most-watched comedy special in Canadian television history. He went on to host the hugely successful Rick Mercer Report for 15 seasons. Rick was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014 for his work with charitable causes and “his ability to inspire and challenge Canadians through humour.” In 2019, he received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. He is from Middle Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Books selected for the Stephen Leacock medal must be not only humorous but also well-written, showing style and depth. The three finalists this year meet those criteria without question,” said Leacock Associates president Michael Hill. “Our panel of judges has selected three outstanding books from seventy-eight entries. It will be exciting to see which one was determined to be the most humorous of the year.

The winner will be announced on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Leacock Medal Gala Dinner where the three 2022 finalists will join the shortlisted authors from 2020 and 2021 for celebrations that have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year is the 75th anniversary of the Leacock Medal, and many former winners will also be attending. Tickets for this memorable event and for the “Meet the Authors” and Student Showcase event the previous evening are available for purchase online at

The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour awards are generously sponsored by the Dunkley Charitable Foundation.

For more information about Stephen Leacock Associates, please visit the website at

August 3, 2022

Student Award winners announced

The Stephen Leacock Associates are pleased to announce the winners of their
2022 Student Humorous Short Story Competition.

First Place:
Any Title Will Do, It’s Simply Rubbish
Written by Amy Ghobrial, Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill.

Second Place:
"Nothing Ever Changes in Fairy Tale Forest
Written by George Vanderlaan, H. B. Beal Secondary.School, London.

Third Place:
DisORDERly Conduct
Written by Bethany Robert, St. Francis Xavier High School, Ottawa.

Amy Ghobrial
George Vanderlaan
Bethany Robert

The winners will receive $1,000 (first place), $700 (second place) and $300 (third place).

Stephen Leacock Associates congratulates all the winners and finalists. The judges were certainly challenged this year. All entrants are encouraged to participate in this worthwhile competition next year.

At the "Meet the Authors" event on September 16th, the winners will receive their awards and will read parts of their essays.

June 16, 2022

Humourists to host Gala Weekend events

As of today, tickets are available for the events of the 75th Anniversary Gala Weekend that takes place September 16 and 17, 2022.

We are delighted to welcome two well-known humourists to act as emcees:

Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Leacock Medal, will host the "Meet the Authors" and Student Showcase evening, on Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m.

Ali Hassan, host of CBC's "Laugh Out Loud" and "Canada Reads", will host the Leacock Medal Award Gala Dinner, Saturday, September 17 at 5 p.m.

Details about these events can be found on our Gala Weekend page, where you may also purchase tickets.  This year, all tickets will be sold online.  Anyone needing assistance may visit the Leacock Museum, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia or phone 705-329-1908, where staff will provide help.

Terry Fallis

Ali Hassan
(Photo: Pierre Gautreau)

June 15, 2022

Leacock Medal Longlist Revealed!

Long List Books

The Stephen Leacock Associates are pleased to announce the 2022 long list for the annual Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Celebrating 75 years since its inception, this annual award recognizes excellence in Canadian literary humour. Past winners have included Terry Fallis, Will Ferguson, W.O.Mitchell, Stuart McLean and Mordecai Richler. Board President Michael Hill thanks the national panel of judges and a committee of local readers for their thoughtful recommendations with this “long list”. He also thanks the authors for their submissions, and commends them on the quality of their writing.
The three finalists for the award will be named on Monday, August 15, 2022, with the medal winner being announced on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the Leacock Medal Award Gala Dinner.

The long list for the 2022 Leacock Medal can be viewed here,

June 1, 2022

Deadline for student award competition extended

The deadline for the student award competition has been extended by a whole month.  Originally, entries had to be submitted by April 15, 2022, but the new deadline is now May 15, 2022.  This is a great opportunity for students between the ages of 14 and 19 to win some money for their college or university education (or for any other purpose!)  Start writing now!  See the details on our Student Award page.

April 15, 2022

It's time to renew your membership!

The Stephen Leacock Associates has certainly appreciated your support over the past year!

And the Associates would appreciate your continuing support if you decide to continue as a member - another trip around the Sun, as they say - at just $10.00 (single), $20.00 (dual), or the very efficient $100.00 Life category.

We make this suggestion because our membership 'marker' date is fast approaching: April 1 (yes, THAT day!).

But you wouldn't be a fool for signing on again. As we emerge from our two years' pandemic, we again can get together in person at our annual Gala weekend of September 17, 2022.

The grounds of the national historic Stephen Leacock Home will be the scene of our events over three days. Events may be at no charge, or individually priced to defray costs. You will be the first to know when tickets become available for the Gala Award Dinner on Saturday.

You will be able to meet friends old and new over dinner, celebrate the awarding of our 75th silver medal and accompanying $25,000.00 cash award offered by our new sponsor, the Dunkley Charitable Foundation.

The writing efforts of our youth will be recognised too, as top stories are presented at the Friday evening salon, and the authors of the top student stories receive their awards.

Have the satisfaction of encouraging award-winning Canadian writers! I look forward to seeing you at these events.
Jim Harris, Chair: Membership

To renew, simply click on this link:

March 6, 2022

Snapchat campaign launched again to promote student award

Snapchat AdWe have launched a Snapchat advertising campaign to run from January 18th to February 18th to advertise the Student Humorous Essay competition for Ontario students from the ages of 14 to 19.  The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2022, and winners will be announced on May 15th.  More details are given on our student awards page.  At the same time, we emailed as many Ontario high schools as possible.  Results from the campaign so far have been encouraging, as visits to the student awards have increased in January.  

The ad is shown on the right.  

February 1, 2022



78 entries submitted for the 2022 Medal

The final list of entries for the 2022 Leacock Medal includes 78 books.  Click here to see details of the books and authors.  If you want a copy of the list in PDF format, click here.  Our judges will now have the pleasure of reading them all and selecting the long list which will be published on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

January 31, 2022

We have a new look!

Yes, our website looks different!  We have opted for a fresher, less-cluttered and more modern look. The changes are merely cosmetic; all the information is still here, and is accessible in the same way as before.

January 14, 2022 

The book submission deadline has passed!

Submissions for the 2022 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour are now closed unless your book submission package was in the mail and postmarked prior to midnight on December 31, 2021. As of the deadline date, 78 submissions have been received on-line. However, we have still to receive and/or process the packages of books for 15 submissions, so the final entry list is not yet complete.

January 2, 2022

AGM set for November 21, 2021

The Board of Stephen Leacock Associates will hold its annual general meeting on Sunday, November 21, 2021 using the Zoom online meeting software.  Members of Stephen Leacock Associates and members of the public are welcome to attend the AGM, the public session of which will commence at 3 p.m.  Anyone wishing to attend the meeting should contact the Associates at to register no later than noon on Friday, November 19, 2021.  Registrants will be emailed the link to the meeting and instructions on how to use Zoom.

October 18, 2021

Medal prize money to be increased to $25,000!

Starting with the 2022 Medal, the accompanying prize money will be increased from $15,000 to $25,000.  The awards to the two runners-up will also be increased from $3,000 to $4,000.  These awards were made possible by the generosity of the Dunkley Charitable Foundation's five-year committment to supporting the Leacock Medal.

At the same time, some significant dates will change.  Book submissions will continue to be accepted from August 1 to December 31.  However, the long list of ten books will be announced on June 1, 2022, and will constitute, in effect, our recommended summer reading list.  The short list of three books will be announced on August 15, 2022, and the winner will be revealed at the Gala Dinner on Saturday, September 17, 2022 during our Gala Weekend, which is planned for September 16 to 18.

In addition, each book submission must include three digital files; the author's photo, his/her biography, and a book cover photo.  These files must be uploaded online through our web site.  The submission will not be accepted until all required items have been provided.  Authors whose books are selected for the long list must demonstrate that their books are available for purchase in book stores and/or online, and must have copies available for the Gala Weekend. 

July 15, 2021

Listen to the award announcement on CBC

We are so excited to have the award announcement broadcast right across Canada.  You can listen to it by clicking on the graphic on the right, then clicking on the play button.

June 5, 2021





Thomas King Wins Leacock Medal!

The board of Stephen Leacock Associates is pleased to announce that Thomas King is the winner of the 2020 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for his autobiographical novel Indians on Vacation, published by HarperCollins Publishers.  The award of the medal is accompanied by a prize of $15,000. 

Thomas King is an award winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer. His critically acclaimed, bestselling books include Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; One Good Story, That One; Truth and Bright Water; A Short History of Indians in Canada; The Back of the Turtle (winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction); Sufferance; The Inconvenient Indian (winner of the RBC Taylor Prize); the DreadfulWater mystery series, including most recently Obsidian; and the poetry collection 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin (shortlisted for the Nelson Ball Prize)

The two runners-up, Joseph Kertes (for his novel Last Impressions, published by Penguin Random House) and Murray Morgan (for his novel Dirty Birds, published by Breakwater Books) will each receive a prize of $3,000.

The board congratulates all the winners for their splendid efforts.  It also acknowledges and appreciates the efforts of all the authors of the books submitted for this year's medal.

A Canada-wide panel of judges had narrowed 77 initial submissions to form a longlist of 10 highly recommended works, with only three books eventually being selected for the shortlist. 

Once again, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the medal and cash prizes will not be awarded at the usual Gala Dinner but will be mailed to the winners.  The authors' achievements will be celebrated instead at next year's Gala Dinner, in 2022, together with the winners of the 2020 and 2022 medals.

June 4, 2021

Leacock Medal winner to be announced on CBC's Q

We are excited to reveal that the winner of this year's Leacock Medal for Humour will be announced on the air on the CBC's Q program this Friday, June 4, 2021.  The coverage will be broadcast shortly after 11 a.m. in each time zone across Canada.  All three shortlisted authors will be available for the announcement by our president, Michael Hill, and the winner will be interviewed by Q host Tom Power immediately afterwards.

Be sure to tune in to your local CBC station on Friday!

June 1, 2021

Winners announced in Leacock student competition

The Stephen Leacock Associates are pleased to announce the winners of their 2021 Student Humorous Short Story Competition.

First Place:
A Regrettable Afternoon, as told by Gordon R. Ibitt"
Written by Vincenzo Fracassi,
who is home schooled in Everett, Ontario.
Second Place:
"A Samosa By Any Other Name"
Written by Bethany Robert,
St. Francis Xavier High School, Ottawa.

Third Place:
Froyo Fables of Forestville
Written by Caius Harbridge,
Bear Creek Secondary School, Barrie.

The winners will receive $1,000 (first place), $700 (second place) and $300 (third place).

Other finalists, in alphabetical order, were:

The Postman’s Gutter“ by Lena Brubacher, Huntsville High School.
My Cat is the Spitting Image of My Grandfather” by Emily Cao, Glen Forest Secondary School, Mississauga.
Adulthood (Terms and Conditions Might Apply)” by Noor Grewal, Burlington Central High School.
A Slightly Boring Tale“ by Ireland Moore, O’Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Whitby.
Not Interested (A Polemic)” by Jonathan Sacher, Newtonbrook Secondary School, North York.

Congratulations to all of our participants. We encourage them to keep writing and to enter the competition again next year. Thanks also to our judges who (owing to the excellent quality of the entries) had a difficult task in choosing the winners.
Special thanks to Brad and Sara Dunkley and the Dunkley Charitable Foundation for sponsoring this wonderfully worthwhile competition. Brad was the winner in this very contest in 1993.

May 15, 2021

Kertes, King and Murray named on Leacock Medal shortlist

ORILLIA, Ont. — The president and board of directors of Stephen Leacock Associates are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2021 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. In the running for the medal and $15,000 prize are, in alphabetical order by author surname:

“The panel of judges from across the country has selected three finalists from the 77 books that were submitted this year for the Leacock Medal for Humour,” said Leacock Associates president Michael Hill. “After evaluating all the books submitted, these three were deemed to be of high literary quality and the most humorous to be submitted. These books - from a former Leacock medal winner, an RBC Taylor prize winner and a first-time novelist - are worthy of national pride!”

The winner will be announced on Friday, June 4, 2021, by press release and social media. The usual Gala Dinner has had to be cancelled yet again owing to the COVID19 pandemic. The shortlisted authors will be invited to the Gala Weekend festivities in 2022, where they will join the shortlisted authors from 2020 and 2022.

May 3, 2021


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2020 Fundraising Campaign Donors

The donors listed below each contributed $100 or more to our August/September/October on-line fundraising campaign in 2020. We are very grateful to all of you (including people who donated lesser amounts) for your support of the Leacock medal.

Anonymous Ramara, ON
Richard Eedy St. Mary's, ON
Jonathon Tait Barrie, ON
Lesley Holland Toronto, ON
Christina Perry Conception Bay South, NL
Valerie McDonald Toronto, ON
Kit Dobson Calgary, AB
Anonymous Bracebridge, ON
Margaret Atwood Toronto, ON
Leslie Dobson Orillia, ON
John Frankel Toronto, ON
Derek Ford Orillia, ON
David Wimsett Kentville, NS
Sheila Burvill Ottawa, ON
Anonymous Dunrobin, ON
Anonymous London, ON
David Eastaugh Toronto, ON
Karla Tremblay Toronto, ON
Verla Hall Orillia, ON
Peter Babiak Vancouver, BC
Anonymous Toronto, ON
Nickle Family Foundation Calgary, AB
Dick and Wendy Johnston Orillia, ON
William Greenizan Toronto, ON
Ted Tiffany Midland, ON
Steve Skurka Toronto, ON
Mary Lou Fallis Port Hope, ON
Michael Mallinson Toronto, ON
June Maresca Markham, ON
Gilbert Storey Richmond Hill, ON
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R Bruce MacKeen Guysborough, NS
Mauer Chiarello Toronto, ON
Melanie Hazell Toronto, ON
Peter Nosalik Waterloo, ON
Anonymous Toronto, ON
Graham Yeates Kitchener, ON
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Susan Grant Orillia, ON
Anonymous Hafford, SK
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Anonymous Calgary, AB
Barbara Bissonette Washago, ON
Richard (Dick) Bourgeois-Doyle OTTAWA, ON
Drew Taylor Curve Lake, ON
Douglas Gibson Toronto, ON
Lynn Murray and Bob Gauldie Orillia, ON
Anonymous Windsor, ON
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Andrew Lam Toronto, ON
Daniel Byers Orillia, ON
Anne Kallin Orillia, ON
Joe and Pat Dell'Aquila Cambridge, ON
Judy Millar Calgary, AB
Derek Ford Orillia, ON
William Tweed Toronto, ON
Anonymous Vancouver, BC
Terry Toews Swift Current, SK
Marian Robinson North Bay, ON
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Beverley Slopen Toronto, ON
Caged Element Inc. Etobicoke, ON
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Janie Chang Vancouver, BC
Sandra Thomson Nanaimo, BC
Lynda Simmons Burlington, ON
Christopher Cameron Campbellford, ON
Christine Barbetta Toronto, ON
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