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Short-listed for the James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction

The creative non-fiction “Learning to Shave, Learning to Leave” originally published by The Fiddlehead, has been short-listed for an Alberta Literary Award.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction

  • Paulo da Costa (Calgary) — “Learning to Shave, Learning to Leave” (The Fiddlehead)
  • Jennifer Bowering Delisle (Edmonton) — “Abracadabra” (The Forge)
  • Omar Mouallem (Edmonton) — “Billionaires, Bombers, and Bellydancers” (The Ringer)

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is excited to announce the finalists for the 2020 Alberta Literary Awards and Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. Each year, the Alberta Literary Awards and the City of Edmonton recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta and Edmonton authors.

The WGA would like to send our congratulations to those whose work is among this year’s Alberta Literary Awards finalists! We look forward to celebrating your creativity and hard work, and we will do all we can to spread the word about the wonderful writing you did in 2019. Updates on this year’s awards presentation format will be posted to our website and social media as soon as they are finalized.

Our juries deliberated on more than 200 submissions to select the following 27 finalists in nine categories. Finalists represent excellence in literary work written by Alberta authors and published or created in 2019. We encourage you to check out these fantastic titles!


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