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Announcing the Winner of the 2020 Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature


The winner of this year’s Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature is Morgan Vanek (U of Calgary) for her essay “Better ‘Death in Its Most Awful Shapes’ than Life in Nova Scotia: Climate Change and the Nova Scotia Maroons, 1796-1800” in SCL 45.2 (2020). The winning essay was selected by a committee of three adjudicators – Cecily Devereaux (U of Alberta), Doug Ivison (Lakehead U), and Kait Pinder (Acadia U) – from among the essays that appeared in SCL’s two issues published in 2020. The prize has a value of $500.

Cheryl Lousley (Lakehead U) has received an honourable mention for her essay “After Extraction: Idling in the Ruins in Michael Winter’s and Alistair MacLeod’s Neoliberal Fictions," which also appeared in 45.2.

Congratulations, Morgan and Cheryl!

Herb Wyile Prize winners