Shortlist Announced for Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Press Release, Writers Union of Canada
May 8 , 2007

T he Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce the shortlist of nominees for the tenth annual DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD. The Award recognizes the best first English-language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2006.

Judges Jack Hodgins, Lisa Moore and Robyn Sarah shortlisted the following nominees:

Anar Ali: Baby Khaki's Wings (Viking Canada)
Krista Bridge: The Virgin Spy (Douglas & McIntyre)
Vincent Lam: Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures (Anchor Canada)
Nathan Sellyn: Indigenous Beasts (Raincoast Books)
Russell Wangersky: The Hour of Bad Decisions (Coteau Books)

The jury commented upon, “…the distinct strengths of voice and vision amongst the five titles, which were chosen from a much longer list of strong contenders." (Jury)

The DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD is in celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in December 1996. Danuta Gleed’s first collection of short fiction, One of the Chosen, was posthumously published by BuschekBooks. The Award is made possible through a generous donation from John Gleed, in memory of his late wife, and is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada.

The Award consists of cash prizes for the three best first collections, with a first prize of $10,000 and two additional prizes of $500. The winners will be announced in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 2, 2007, during the Annual General Meeting of The Writers’ Union of Canada. Their names will be posted on the Union’s website (

The Writers' Union of Canada is our national organization representing professional authors of books. Founded in 1973, the Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada, and promoting the rights, freedoms, and economic well being of all writers. For more information, visit

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