January 22, 2018

$10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Entry closes on January 31, 2018

$10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in December 1996. In her name the $10,000-award is made possible through a generous donation from John Gleed, in memory of his late wife. The award is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Each year, the prize is awarded to a Canadian writer for the best first collection of published short fiction in the English language. Two finalists are also awarded $500 each.

Below are the rules and guidelines taken from the website of the Writer’s Union of Canada:


1. All entries must be Canadian-authored titles published in English between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, and available through bookstores and libraries.

2. Only first collections of short fiction are eligible.

3. Co-authored or multi-authored collections are not eligible.

4. Posthumously published works are not eligible.

5. Only first editions are eligible. Second or later editions, revisions, and reprints are not eligible.

6. Translations from other languages into English are eligible if all other criteria are met. In the event that a translation wins the prize, 75% of the award money will go to the author and 25% to the translator.

7. Works that exist in electronic format only are not eligible.

8. Publishers are invited to nominate authors by submitting their books.

9. The jury may request the submission of titles as it sees fit.

10. The jury will have sole responsibility for the selection of a short list of no fewer than three and no more than five titles. One winner and two finalists will be chosen from the short list.

11. The short list will be announced in the spring of 2018 and the winner will be announced around the time of The Writers’ Union of Canada’s annual conference and AGM in June 2018. It is understood that the finalists and the winner will make themselves available for any media associated with the prize.

12. The Advisory Committee to the Danuta Gleed Award shall interpret the criteria of eligibility of writers and publications with respect to all questions that may arise. The Advisory Committee will make all final decisions on such questions of eligibility.


1. To be considered eligible all submissions must be accompanied by a signed copy of the Publishers’ Submission Form along with the required materials outlined herein.


1. All submissions must be made by publishers. Submissions made by authors or anyone acting as their agent will not be accepted. There is no limit to the number of titles a publisher may submit.

2. All submissions must be received by January 31, 2018.

3. Submissions received after the final deadline of January 31, 2018 are ineligible even if they were published on or before December 31, 2017.

4. Four copies of each title must be delivered to the following address: The Danuta Gleed Award The Writers’ Union of Canada 600–460 Richmond St W Toronto, ON M5V 1Y1

5. Each title submitted must be accompanied by:

• the signed Publishers’ Submission Form, as outlined in the Publisher Requirements section of this document;

• title information, such as catalogue copy, and an ISBN;

• a current author biography;

• an author photograph or a URL where a photograph can be downloaded for use in connection with the award.

6. For further information please direct all inquiries as follows:

The Danuta Gleed Award c/o Valerie Laws, Office Administrator The Writers’ Union of Canada Phone: 416-703-8983 Fax: 416-504-9090 Email: info@writersunion.ca

7. Each submission received will be acknowledged.


1. Canadian author means any author with Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada at the time of publication.

2. A book, or title, is a work that is bound and carries an ISBN.

3. A publisher is a company that carries out as its primary business the publishing of books. Such firms must have established terms of trade and have coast to coast distribution in Canada.

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