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Dayne Ogilvie Prize

The Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers is a Canadian literary award, presented annually by the Writers' Trust of Canada to an emerging Canadian writer who is part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer community. It is one of two literary awards in Canada serving the LGBTQ community, alongside the Blue Metropolis Violet Prize for established writers.[1]

Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers
Awarded forExceptional merit in work relating to LGBTQ literature in Canada
Presented byWriters' Trust of Canada
First awarded2007
WebsiteDayne Ogilvie Prize

The award was originally established by artist Robin Pacific as the Dayne Ogilvie Grant in memory of Dayne Ogilvie, a book editor, writer, arts manager and former managing editor of Xtra![2] who died in October 2006.[3] The award was renamed from a grant to a prize in 2012.

Dayne Ogilvie Prize winners Farzana Doctor, Amber Dawn, Debra Anderson

Established in 2007, the C$5,000 prize is not presented for a specific work,[4] although writers must have published at least one book of fiction or poetry to be eligible.[4] The winner is selected by an independent jury of three members, and presented annually in June. Originally the award was presented in conjunction with Pride Toronto,[4] although in recent years it has expanded to different venues and cities.[5]

Beginning in the prize's second year, the award introduced a preliminary shortlist of two or three writers. The writer or writers not selected as the final winner of the prize are presented with an Honour of Distinction, worth C$500 if one writer is named or C$250 each if two writers are named. Authors who are awarded the Honour of Distinction remain eligible for the primary award in future years,[4] although to date no writer who has been awarded an Honour of Distinction has subsequently been named the primary winner. In 2019, Casey Plett became the first Honour of Distinction recipient in the award's history to be renominated.[5]



  1. ^ Peter Knegt, "Canadian LGBTQ literature is having a moment, and this Montreal festival is showcasing that". CBC Arts, April 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Vancouver's Smith wins new prize for gay writers". CBC News, June 14, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Nancy Jo Cullen wins Dayne Ogilvie Grant" Archived 2013-01-29 at National Post, May 19, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dayne Ogilvie Grant at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  5. ^ a b c "Joelle Barron, Lindsay Nixon, Casey Plett named finalists for $5K LGBTQ emerging writers prize". CBC Books, May 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "Zoe Whittall wins Dayne Ogilvie Grant". Quill & Quire, June 17, 2008.
  7. ^ "Code write" Archived 2013-06-16 at Xtra!, June 18, 2009.
  8. ^ "Writer Nancy Jo Cullen is a rising talent". Xtra!, September 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "Farzana Doctor to receive Dayne Ogilvie Grant" Archived 2012-08-05 at the Wayback Machine. Quill & Quire, June 1, 2011.
  10. ^ "Vancouver's Amber Dawn wins LGBT literary award". CBC News, June 26, 2012.
  11. ^ "C. E. Gatchalian wins Dayne Ogilvie Prize" Archived June 29, 2013, at National Post, June 27, 2013.
  12. ^ "Writers’ Trust Presents LGBT Literary Award to Author and Screenwriter, Tamai Kobayashi" Archived 2015-07-10 at the Wayback Machine. Writers' Trust of Canada, June 23, 2014.
  13. ^ "Alex Leslie wins 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers". Quill & Quire, June 8, 2015.
  14. ^ "Leah Horlick wins 2016 Writers' Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers". CBC Books, June 7, 2016.
  15. ^ "Toronto’s Kai Cheng Thom wins Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers". National Post, June 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "Ben Ladouceur, Trish Salah, and Joshua Whitehead named Dayne Ogilvie Prize finalists". Quill & Quire, May 17, 2018.

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