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Brenda Strathern Writing Prize

Sometimes the things we love take a while to find us, but they find us all the same.

The joy of writing found Brenda Strathern after her 40th birthday, but it was a love and ambition that she carried with her for the rest of her life. Though mentored by exceptional instructors, including Aritha van Herk, Rosemary Nixon, and Nicole Marcotic, Brenda ran out of road when her second bout with cancer proved fatal. She never had a chance to publish any of her work.

But death, despite its best efforts, wouldn’t put an end to Brenda’s story.

The Brenda Strathern Writing Prize is an award exclusively for Calgary writers over forty who have not previous published. The brainchild of her three instructors and her husband, Gordon Campbell, the intent of the award is to offer an opportunity for older writers to pursue their dream and tell their stories. Now overseen by Gordon and Brenda’s two children: Henry and Madeline, the award has been granted every year since 2001.

Applicants are notified of results by November 2020.

Amount: $5,000

Conditions:

  • Applicant must be a continuing resident of Calgary and area (at the date of application lived in Calgary for at least 12 months); at least 40 years old; and working on the completion and publication of their first book of fiction.
  • Submit only one piece of complete fiction or an excerpt of a longer piece.
  • Submit no more, no less than 10 to 20 pages of your work typed, double spaced.
  • Only one submission per applicant; number the pages, but do not identify yourself on your manuscript.
  • Works that have been accepted by a publisher will not be considered.
  • Applicant must be a continuing resident of Calgary and area (at the date of application lived in Calgary for at least 12 months); at least 40 years old; and an unpublished fiction writer.

Note, judges will only consider submissions that meet the required criteria.

To learn more about the Brenda Strathern Writing Prize, visit calgaryfoundation.org.

Please email dchrapko@calgaryfoundation.org, Director, Awards & Scholarships, if you have questions about the application.

Deadline to apply is May 30, 2020.

A graphic for the Brenda Strathern Writing Prize

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