Writers’ Trust Rewards Author for Reportage on International Barricades

Via Writers’ Trust of Canada

Marcello Di Cintio Wins the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced tonight at the Politics and the Pen gala that Marcello Di Cintio has won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, published by Goose Lane Editions.

The $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize is sponsored by Bell Media and supported by Politics and the Pen.

A jury composed of politician and political scientist Ed Broadbent, National Post and iPolitics.ca columnist Tasha Kheiriddin, and novelist and translator Daniel Poliquin selected the winner. Their citation reads:

When Ronald Reagan exhorted Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, it was not only a political act. As Marcello Di Cintio discovers, walls divide far more than nations. In this beautifully written reportage, the author brings readers the personal stories – gripping, haunting, humorous, and inspiring – of people living against walls around the world, from the “peaceline” of Belfast to the l’Acadie fence of Montreal.

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2013 PWAC Writing and Editor of the Year Awards

Via the Professional Writers Association of Canada

The 2013 PWAC Writing and Editor of the Year Awards are now open for submissions. Visit http://www.pwac.ca/eventsandresources/pwacawards to review more detailed criteria and submission/nomination procedures for:

·    Features Writing Award

·    Short Articles Writing Award

·    Editor of the Year Award

Writing Awards are open to both PWAC members and non-members. The first-place winner receives $500 and, if eligible, a free one-year PWAC membership. Submissions must be mailed to the PWAC National Office, 215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 130, Toronto, ON, M5T 2C7. Deadline: entries must be received by February 28, 2013.

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