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The City of Calgary and the Writers' Guild of Alberta Present: The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize 2016


In conjunction with the Writers' Guild of Alberta (WGA), The City of Calgary is preparing to celebrate another successful year with The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Writers from The City of Calgary and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year's award. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2016. 

Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within the category. The winner will be announced at The Calgary Awards in the spring of 2017. The Calgary Awards recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions by individuals and organizations in the community. 

The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize is awarded in honour of acclaimed Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell and recognizes literary achievement by Calgary authors. The prize was established in 1996 and is coordinated through a partnership between The City of Calgary and the Writers' Guild of Alberta. The $5000 prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, children's literature or drama published in the preceding year. Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the Writers' Guild of Alberta. 

The 2015 recipient was Eugene Stickland for his book titled The Piano Teacher. 

The Writers' Guild of Alberta is a non-profit organization that represents both professional and emerging writers in Alberta. Their mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers. 

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