Seeking donations! The Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature


Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne is working to establish a Canadian Literature prize in honour of Herb Wyile (see the description below). As many gathered in Wolfville for a memorial service that brought together family, friends, and colleagues from Acadia and elsewhere, our talk naturally turned to ways that we could honour a colleague who was known for both his collegiality and scholarship. A Canadian literature prize in Herb’s name seemed like a fitting memorial.

The journal is seeking donations from friends and colleagues to endow a fund that will make this prize possible. The University of New Brunswick, where SCL/ÉLC is published and where Herb did his PhD, will administer the prize, which will be awarded annually to the best essay published in SCL/ÉLC over the previous calendar year. In order to make a $500 annual prize a reality, we need to raise $13,000. The first $5000 in donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, by SCL/ÉLC itself. All donors will receive a charitable receipt. As you may know, Herb was an exceptionally generous colleague to so many of us; we are hoping that our community can come together in memory of Herb to make this prize possible.

You may support The Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature by donating online or by mailing a contribution to our offices in Saint John or Fredericton. For your convenience, you may access Herb’s memorial by following this link.

Please join with me and others in making a gift to help establish this lasting tribute to our colleague and friend. Thank you for your support!

Cynthia Sugars
Editor, SCL/ÉLC

Posted: 2016-09-21

Announcing... The Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature


This prize is awarded annually to the best essay published in Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne over the previous calendar year. The value of the prize is $500. The winning essay will be chosen on the basis of the quality of the research and writing, the originality of the argument, and the article’s potential impact on the field of Canadian literature.

A committee of three adjudicators will be appointed by the editor(s) of SCL/ÉLC each spring to review essays from the previous calendar year. Prize winners will be announced in the Fall. The winner will be contacted by the editor(s) of the journal. His/her name will be posted on the SCL/ÉLC website and announced in the subsequent issue.

For more information, please feel free to contact Cynthia Sugars, editor of SCL/ÉLC, at, or John C. Ball, associate editor and chair of English at UNB, at

Posted: 2016-09-21

In Memoriam: Herb Wyile


It is with immense sadness that I write with news of the death of Herb Wyile, on Sunday morning, July 3rd. Herb was a widely respected and well-loved scholar of Canadian literature, and co-editor of the journal Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en literature canadienne. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer just two weeks ago. We were hoping that it could be turned around, but that was not to be. Those of you who talked to Herb at the Congress in Calgary, where he was his usual witty and ebullient self, will be shocked by this news, as were we at SCL/ÉLC. As of two days before his death, Herb was still active at SCL/ÉLC, acknowledging his coming death with courage and dignity.

Herb was an exemplary scholar, a wonderful editor and collaborator, a generous colleague and mentor, and a treasured friend. As a researcher, he is best known for his two ground-breaking books, Speculative Fictions (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2002) and Anne of Tim Hortons (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2011), the second of which was the winner of the Gabrielle Roy Prize in English Criticism.  He was a razor-sharp editor, both in his position as co-editor of SCL/ÉLC and as editor of the widely cited collection Speaking in the Past Tense (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2007). To all who were fortunate to know him, Herb was an exemplar of integrity, enthusiasm, good humour, and insight. His passing is an immeasurable loss to the Canadian literature community.

With great sadness,

Cynthia Sugars

Co-editor, Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en literature canadienne

An obituary notice for Herb and information about the memorial service on Saturday, July 9th, has been posted here.

Posted: 2016-07-05
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