Writers’ Trust Presents Award for Emerging Writers from LGBT Community

Dayne Ogilvie Prize Announced During World Pride in Toronto

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Toronto, ON – June 23, 2014 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced this evening that Tamai Kobayashi has won the 8th annual Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. Two additional honours were given to Rae Spoon and Proma Tagore.

The $4,000 prize is given annually to an emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender writer whose published work demonstrates great literary promise. The winner was announced at an event hosted by activist and NOW magazine editor Susan G. Cole at the NOW Lounge in Toronto.

Born in Japan, raised in Canada, Tamai Kobayashi is a writer and screenwriter. She is the author of two story collections, Exile and the Heart and Quixotic Erotic. Her vivid, electric prose has garnered considerable critical acclaim. Her first novel, Prairie Ostrich, published by Goose Lane Editions in March 2014, is the story of coming out and coming of age in a sleepy rural town. Tamai lives in Toronto.

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The Writers’ Trust of Canada Announces the Jury for the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

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The Writers’ Trust of Canada is proud to announce the three-member jury for the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The jurors are: novelist and cultural critic Hal Niedzviecki; 2012 prize winner Candace Savage; and writer  Andreas Schroeder, one of Canada’s most respected creative nonfiction instructors.

“It is exciting to know that the wheels of this year’s prize are set in motion and these three great writers are devouring the many works submitted,” said the Honourable Hilary M. Weston. “I look forward to discovering the titles they nominate for this year’s shortlist, and to sharing them with readers in Canada and around the world.”

The prize is the richest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada, awarding $60,000 to the eventual prize winner and $5,000 to each nominee.

Finalists will be announced on September 18, 2013 at a press conference in Toronto. The prize winner will be announced at a gala presentation in the Art Gallery of Ontario on October 21, 2013.

“The Writers’ Trust is proud to showcase the tremendously talented writers of nonfiction we have in this country,” said Mary Osborne, Writers’ Trust executive director. “We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Weston for her vision and personal support in creating such a rich opportunity for our writers.”

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Writer’s Trust of Canada 2013-14 Author Series

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Eight acclaimed Canadian writers speak about their books.

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Charlotte Gray opens our fall series on September 25 with a talk about her highly anticipated new book, The Massey Murder.

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author Charlotte Gray
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author Kyo Maclear
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Writers’ Trust Presents LGBT Literary Award to Vancouver Playwright

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The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced this evening that C.E. Gatchalian has won the 7th annual Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. Two additional honours of distinction were given to Anand Mahadevan and Barry Webster.

The $4,000 prize is given annually to an emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender writer who demonstrates great literary promise through their published work. The winner was announced at an event hosted by activist and NOW magazine editor Susan G. Cole at the NOW Lounge in Toronto.

C. E. Gatchalian writes drama, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His plays, which include Broken, Crossing, Claire, and Motifs & Repetitions, have appeared on stages nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television. His latest play, Falling in Time, was a 2013 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Drama. He has been playwright-in-residence at the Vancouver Playhouse and writer-in-residence at Berton House Writers’ Retreat in Dawson City, Yukon. Based in Vancouver, he is currently artistic producer of the Frank Theatre Company.

A jury composed of authors Amber Dawn, Anne Fleming, and Vivek Shraya selected Gatchalian as the winner. Their jury citation states:

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