The Writers’ Belief of Canada is renaming their fiction prize in honour of Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson.
With the identify change comes an elevated prize purse. The Atwood Gibson Writers’ Belief Fiction Prize will award $60,000 to the 12 months’s finest work of fiction, up from the $50,000 that was awarded in earlier years.
The prize will now be funded by businessman and philanthropist Jim Balsillie. Balsillie is the previous co-CEO of Analysis in Movement.
The Writers’ Belief of Canada has awarded an annual fiction prize since 1997.
Final 12 months’s winner was Gil Adamson for her novel Ridgerunner.
Different previous winners embrace Austin Clarke, Alice Munro, Lawrence Hill, Miriam Toews, Emma Donoghue, André Alexis and David Chariandy.
Neither Atwood nor Gibson had been ever nominated for the prize that now bears their identify.
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The Writers’ Belief of Canada is a corporation that helps Canadian writers by way of literary awards, fellowships, monetary grants, mentorships and extra.
It provides out seven prizes in recognition of the 12 months’s finest in fiction, nonfiction and brief story, in addition to mid-career and lifelong achievement awards.
The group gave out greater than $970,000 to help Canadian writers in 2020.
Atwood and Gibson had been among the many 5 co-founders of the Writers’ Belief of Canada, alongside fellow writers Pierre Berton, Margaret Laurence and David Younger.
“The Writers’ Belief is the quiet big of Canadian literature and Graeme and I usually marvelled at how far it had come over time,” Atwood stated in a press assertion. “We knew the position a significant prize may have on a author’s confidence and profession, to not point out their checking account. I can not wait to find the brand new voices and new tales that this prize rewards.”
“The Atwood Gibson Prize is incredible information for Canadian writers,” fellow co-founder and playwright Younger stated in a press assertion.
“Margaret and Graeme lit the founding fireplace that introduced the Writers’ Belief into being so a few years in the past. This prize is an ideal approach to commemorate their imaginative and prescient and dedication to the broad ecosystem of our literary tradition.”
Gibson died in 2019, on the age of 85. Atwood and Gibson had been longtime companions, that they had one baby collectively.
Gibson was a famous conservationist and the creator of seven books: the novels 5 Legs, Communion, Perpetual Movement and Gentleman Demise and the nonfiction books Eleven Canadian Novelists Interviewed by Graeme Gibson (which included a dialog with Atwood), The Bedside Ebook of Birds and The Bedside Ebook of Beasts.
He additionally co-founded Writers’ Union of Canada and served as president of PEN Canada. He has additionally been a council member of World Wildlife Fund Canada and chairman of the Pelee Island Fowl Observatory, which he was instrumental in establishing. He grew to become a member of the Order of Canada in 1992.
Atwood is one in every of Canada’s most celebrated writers. She has been publishing poetry, fiction and nonfiction because the Sixties. Her acclaimed books embrace The Handmaid’s Story, Alias Grace, Oryx and Crake and The Edible Lady. Her early poetry assortment The Circle Recreation gained the Governor Normal’s Literary Award for poetry. She would go on to win
She additionally gained the Booker Prize twice, in 2000 for The Blind Murderer and in 2019 for The Testaments. She shared the 2019 prize with British author Bernardine Evaristo. She additionally gained the Giller Prize in 1996 for Alias Grace.
She was named a companion to the Order of Canada in 1981. She additionally co-founded the Griffin Poetry Prize.
The 2021 finalists for the Atwood Gibson Prize might be introduced on Sept. 28, 2021. The winner might be introduced on Nov. 3, 2021.