Since 2007 the Dayne Ogilvie Prize has been given out to writers from the LGBT community who show great promise. The prize is handed out annually by a three member jury and is open to anyone who identities as LGBT, with no age restrictions.
This year's winner is Alex Leslie. With both a collection of short stories and poems published, Leslie has shown just such promise. The jury congratulated her on the fact that her writing, "melds remarkable acuity of vision with a refreshing eagerness for formal experimentation."
The Things I Heard About You, published by Nightwood Editions in the fall of 2014, was shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and People Who Disappear was published by Freehand Books in the spring of 2012, exploring the notion of disappearance and the associated anxieties.
Congratulations Leslie! To learn more about this award, please visit the Writers' Trust of Canada website.