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The Danuta Gleed Literary Award is a Canadian national literary prize, awarded since 1998. It recognizes the best debut short fiction collection by a Canadian author in English language.[1] The annual prize was founded by John Gleed in honour of his second wife, the Canadian writer Danuta Gleed, whose favourite literary genre was short fiction, and is presented by The Writers' Union of Canada. The incomes of her One for the Chosen, a collection of short stories published posthumously in 1997 by BuschekBooks and released by Frances Itani and Susan Zettell, assist in funding the award.[1]

Danuta Gleed Literary Award
Awarded forCanadian short fiction collections
Presented byWriters' Union of Canada
First awarded1998

Initially C$5,000, the prize money increased to C$10,000 in 2004.[2] The runners-up each receive C$500.[1] The nominations must be submitted before the end of January.[3] The year's shortlist is chosen by a jury.[4] The varying jury is composed of Canadian writers, literary critics and publishers, such as Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Robin McGrath and Hal Niedzviecki in 2012 or Douglas Glover, J. Jill Robinson and Claire Holden Rothman in 2011.[5]

The first winning work was Curtis Gillespie's The Progress of an Object in Motion.

In 2010, Joey Comeau's Overqualified was withdrawn, as the writer already published a debut work. Only two books were shortlisted in 2010 (the fewest in the history of the award). However, the 2010 judges called the winning work 'Wax Boats' by Sarah Roberts "truly remarkable," speaking of her versatility and her convincing writing in every conceivable voice, and likening her to Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town for the modern age.

Winners and nomineesEdit

Other short-listed people
Year Awarded Author(s) Book Publisher Ref.
1998 Curtis Gillespie The Progress of an Object in Motion Coteau Books [6]
1998 Joanne Gerber In the Misleading Absence of Light Coteau Books
1998 Janina Hornosty Snackers Oolichan Books
1998 Shree Ghatage Awake When All the World is Asleep House of Anansi Press
1998 David Manicom Ice in Dark Water Vehicule Press
1999 Dennis Bock Olympia Bloomsbury USA [7]
1999 Judith Kalman The County of Birches Douglas & McIntyre [8]
1999 Murray Logan The King of Siam The Porcupine's Quill
1999 Anne Fleming Pool-Hopping and Other Stories Polestar
1999 Nora Gold Marrow and Other Stories Warwick Publishing
1999 Sally Ito Floating the Shore The Mercury Press
2000 Mike Barnes Aquarium The Porcupine's Quill [9]
2000 Elyse Gasco Can You Wave Bye-Bye, Baby? Picador [10]
2000 Russell Smith Young Men Anchor Canada
2000 Zsuzsi Gartner All the Anxious Girls on Earth Patrick Crean Editions
2000 Maureen Hull Righteous Living Turnstone Press
2000 Alissa York Any Given Power Arbeiter Ring Publishing
2001 Barbara Lambert A Message for Mr. Lazarus Cormorant Books [11]
2001 Ivan E. Coyote Close to Spiderman Arsenal Pulp Press [12]
2001 Terence Young Rhymes with Useless Raincoast Books [13]
2001 Alexandra Leggat Pull Gently, Tear Here Insomniac Press
2001 Annabel Lyon Oxygen McClelland & Stewart
2002 Gloria Sawai A Song for Nettie Johnson Coteau Books [14]
2002 Rick Maddocks Sputnik Diner Knopf Canada
2002 Madeleine Thien Simple Recipes Little Brown & Company
2002 Aislinn Hunter What's Left Us Polestar Book Publishers
2002 Nadine McInnes Quicksilver Raincoast Books
2002 Adam Lewis Schroeder Kingdom of Monkeys Raincoast Books
2003 Lee Henderson The Broken Record Technique Penguin Canada [15]
2003 Timothy Taylor Silent Cruise Counterpoint
2003 Nancy Lee Dead Girls McClelland & Stewart [16]
2003 Tamas Dobozy When X Equals Marylou Arsenal Pulp Press
2003 Shaena Lambert The Falling Woman Vintage Canada [17]
2003 Emily Schultz Black Coffee Night Insomniac Press
2004 Jacqueline Baker A Hard Witching & Other Stories Harper Flamingo Canada [1]
2004 Jonathan Bennett Veranda People Raincoast Books [1]
2004 Susan Rendell In the Chambers of the Sea Killick Press [1]
2004 Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer Way Up: Stories Goose Lane Editions [1]
2004 Cory Doctorow A Place So Foreign and 8 More Four Walls Eight Windows [1]
2004 Melanie Little Confidence: Stories Thomas Allen Publishers [1]
2005 David Bezmozgis Natasha and Other Stories Harper Flamingo Canada [1]
2005 Ramona Dearing So Beautiful The Porcupine's Quill [1]
2005 Kelly Cooper Eyehill Goose Lane Editions [1]
2005 Caroline Shepard Off Centre Oberon Press [1]
2005 Carrie Snyder Hair Hat Penguin Canada [1]
2006 Charlotte Gill Ladykiller Thomas Allen Publishers [1]
2006 Craig Davidson Rust and Bone Viking Canada [1]
2006 Jacqueline Honnet Limbo Turnstone Press [1]
2006 Goran Simic Yesterday's People Biblioasis [1]
2006 Vivette Kady Most Wanted The Porcupine's Quill [1]
2007 Nathan Sellyn Indigenous Beasts Raincoast Books [1]
2007 Vincent Lam Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures Doubleday [1]
2007 Russell Wangersky The Hour of Bad Decisions Coteau Books [1]
2007 Anar Ali Baby Khaki's Wings Penguin Canada [1]
2007 Krista Bridge The Virgin Spy Douglas & McIntyre [1]
2008 Andrew Hood Pardon Our Monsters Esplanade [1]
2008 Roberta Rees Long After Fathers Coteau Books [1]
2008 Valeria Stetson The Year I Got Impatient Oolichan Books [1]
2008 Liane Keightley Seven Openings of the Head Conundrum Press [1]
2008 Tom Wayman Boundary Country Thistledown Press [1]
2009 Pasha Malla The Withdrawal Method House of Anansi Press [1]
2009 Ian Colford Halifax for Evidence The Porcupine's Quill [1]
2009 Rebecca Rosenblum Once Biblioasis [1]
2009 Ahmad Saidullah Happiness and other Disorders Key Porter Books [1]
2009 Betsy Trumpener The Butcher of Penetang Caitlin Press [1]
2010 Sarah Roberts Wax Boats Caitlin Press [1]
2010 Deborah Willis Vanishing and Other Stories Penguin Canada [1]
2010 Joey Comeau Overqualified (withdrawn)1 ECW Press [1]
2011 Billie Livingston Greedy Little Eyes[18] Vintage Canada [1]
2011 Darcie Friesen Hossack Mennonites Don't Dance Thistledown Press [1]
2011 Alexander MacLeod Light Lifting Biblioasis [1]
2011 R. W. Gray Crisp NeWest Press [1]
2011 Teri Vlassopoulos Bats or Swallows Invisible Publishing [1]
2012 Ian Williams Not Anyone's Anything[19][20][21] Freehand Books [1]
2012 Jessica Westhead And Also Sharks Cormorant Books [1]
2012 Daniel Griffin Stopping for Strangers Véhicule Press [1]
2012 Andrew J. Borkowski Copernicus Avenue Cormorant Books [1]
2012 Johanna Skibsrud This Will Be Difficult to Explain Hamish Hamilton Canada [1]
2013 Rebecca Lee Bobcat and other stories Hamish Hamilton [1]
2013 Anton Piatigorsky The Iron Bridge Goose Lane Editions [1]
2013 John Vigna Bull Head Arsenal Pulp Press [1]
2013 Paul Marlowe Ether Frolics Sybertooth [1]
2013 Yasuko Thanh Floating Like the Dead McClelland & Stewart [1]
2014 Paul Carlucci The Secret Life of Fission Oberon Press
2014 Astrid Blodgett You Haven't Changed a Bit University of Alberta Press
2014 Eufemia Fantetti A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love Mother Tongue Publishing
2014 Theodora Armstrong Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility House of Anansi
2014 Lisa Bird-Wilson Just Pretending Coteau Books
2015 Rivka Galchen American Innovations HarperCollins
2015 Eliza Robertson Wallflowers Hamish Hamilton
2015 Mireille Silcoff Chez l'Arabe House of Anansi
2015 Claire Battershill Circus McClelland and Stewart
2015 Janine Alyson Young Hideout Hotel Caitlin Press
2016 Heather O'Neill Daydreams of Angels HarperCollins [22]
2016 Andrew Forbes What You Need Invisible Publishing [22]
2016 Kevin Hardcastle Debris Biblioasis [22]
2016 Gerard Beirne In a Time of Drought and Hunger Oberon Press [23]
2016 Hugh Graham Last Words Exile Editions [23]
2017 Kris Bertin Bad Things Happen Biblioasis [24]
2017 Kerry Lee Powell Willem deKooning's Paintbrush HarperCollins [24]
2017 Laura Trunkey Double Dutch Astoria [24]
2017 Lyse Champagne The Light That Remains Enfield & Wizenty [24]
2017 André Narbonne Twelve Miles to Midnight Black Moss Press [24]
2018 Norma Dunning Annie Muktuk and Other Stories University of Alberta Press
2018 Dawn Dumont Glass Beads Thistledown Press [25]
2018 David Huebert Peninsula Sinking Biblioasis [25]
2018 Camilla Grudova The Doll's Alphabet Coach House Books [25]
2018 Lori McNulty Life on Mars Goose Lane Editions [25]
2019 Carrianne Leung That Time I Loved You HarperCollins [26]
2019 Paige Cooper Zolitude Biblioasis [26]
2019 Erin Frances Fisher That Tiny Life House of Anansi [26]
2019 Djamila Ibrahim Things Are Good Now House of Anansi [27]
2019 Marianne Micros Eye Guernica Editions [27]
1.^ Comeau's Overqualified was withdrawn as it was not his debut short fiction collection. He already self-published It’s Too Late to Say I’m Sorry in 2007.[28]


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