Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category


News: Writers Trust Fiction Jury

October 6, 2014

I sat as a juror for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize this year, reading 127 books from 52 publishers over about 8 months. It wasn’t easy, but it was fascinating. The shortlist is here and copied below. I really wish there could have been a longlist, because there are easily three or four more books that could have made this list. But you can’t choose them all. My fellow jurors, Neil Bissoondath and Helen Humphreys were absolutely brilliant readers and we were very much all on the “same page” throughout the process. Congratulations to the shortlisted writers. The winner will be announced November 4.

2014 Finalists


André Alexis
Published by Coach House Books

Steven Galloway
(New Westminster, BC)
The Confabulist
Published by Knopf Canada

K.D. Miller
All Saints
Published by Biblioasis

Carrie Snyder
(Waterloo, ON)
Girl Runner
Published by House of Anansi

Miriam Toews
All My Puny Sorrows
Published by Knopf Canada



Readings: Mahone Bay, The Atlantic Poetry Prize, and Halifax Word on the Street

September 16, 2013

I’ll be reading three times in Nova Scotia this week, around Whiteout‘s nomination for the Atlantic Poetry Prize and Word on the Street. Please tell your friends!

Friday, Sept 20
Who: Carole Langille and George Murray
When: 3pm
Where: The Biscuit Eater Cafe and Bookstore (16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay)

Saturday, Sept 21
Who: Herb MacDonald, Donna Morrissey, George Murray (Whiteout), and Russell Wangersky
When: 2pm
Where: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (1113 Marginal Road, Halifax)

Sunday, Sept 22
Who: Leslie Choyce, Michelle Ellrick, Sue Goyette, Rachel Lebowitz, and George Murray
When: 2:45pm
Where:  Dynamic Dialogues Tent (on the Warf, Halifax)



Shortlist: The Atlantic Poetry Prize

June 9, 2013

Whiteout has been shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. I’ll be reading from it in Halifax at Word on the Street and again at the event for the poetry prize.



Awards: Shortlist for EJ Pratt Poetry Prize

March 21, 2013

Good news for Whiteout: it’s been shortlisted for the EJ Pratt Poetry Prize through the Atlantic Book Awards. This is my third nomination in row for this prize, with both Glimpse and The Rush to Here being previously nominated in 2011 and 2009 respectively. Whiteout is up against some stiff competition, however, in the form of Mark Callanan’s excellent book Gift Horse, and Don McKay’s star power with Paradoxides.

You should buy all three and compare. Wish me luck. Third time’s either a charm or bridesmaid for life!


Awards: Glimpse wins an IPPY

May 6, 2011

Glimpse took bronze in the IPPY poetry category in the States. I didn’t even know it had been submitted for this, so it’s kind of nice. I hear winners actually get medals. The last time I got a medal I was 24 and competing internationally in Judo. So this makes me feel loved and young. I’ll wear it around for a few days like I just left the competition and haven’t had time to take it off yet…


Interview: CBC’s Weekend Arts Magazine

May 4, 2011

Here’s the nominees for the EJ Pratt Poetry Prize (Patrick Warner, Tom Dawe, and me) talking about poetry on CBC last weekend. Three good books, though my money is on Tom Dawe to win.


Reading: NL Book Awards Nominees Reading

April 29, 2011

I’ll be reading in support of the NL Book Awards, where my book Glimpse has been shortlisted for poetry. The awards are handed out bi-yearly, with this year being poetry and non-fiction.

What: NL Book Awards
When: May 17, 7:30pm
Where: The Ship Pub (265 Duckworth Street, St. John’s)

From the FB Page:

Come celebrate with the finalists for the 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards!

2011 Rogers Communications Non-fiction Award Finalists:

• Glenn Deir
Sick Joke: Cancer, Japan, and Back Again (Breakwater Books, 2010), a quirky travelogue chronicling the author’s experiences with Japanese culture and medical culture.

• Greg Malone
You Better Watch Out (Knopf Canada, 2009), a memoir about a young boy who survives, among other things, a school run by the Christian Brothers, encounters with the bullies of New Gower Street and the perfect family.

• Rhonda Pelley
Island Maid: Voices of Outport Women (Breakwater Books, 2010), with photographs by Sheilagh O’Leary, the chronicle of a Newfoundland road trip taken by Pelley and O’Leary, this book documents with photos and words the thoughts and lives of women interviewed and photographed during their travels.

2011 E.J. Pratt Poetry Award Finalists:

• Tom Dawe
Where Genesis Begins (Breakwater Books, 2009), with artwork by Gerald Squires, a collaboration of two of Newfoundland’s foremost artists: Tom Dawe, a profoundly visual poet, and Gerald Squires, a profoundly poetic painter.

• George Murray
Glimpse (ECW Press, 2010), a sometimes-funny, sometimes-touching selection of 409 aphorisms, a form that straddles the line between poetry and philosophy, yet may be more accessible to the general public than either.

• Patrick Warner
Mole (House of Anansi Press, 2009), a collection of poems that is levity-laden in places and poignant in others, and reveals surprising meaning in the mundane moments and objects of daily life.


Awards: Glimpse Shortlisted for EJ Pratt Poetry Prize

April 18, 2011

Glimpse has been shortlisted for the EJ Pratt Poetry Prize. Nowhere to link to yet (last year’s winners here), but the press release says there will be readings from the finalists on May 17 at 7:30pm (location TBA) and a ceremony to announce the winner on May 18.

Other nominees for poetry are Pat Warner for Mole (Anansi) and Tom Dawe for Where Genesis Begins (Breakwater).


News: CBC Literary Awards

March 13, 2011

I forgot to mention when the news came out, but I judged the CBC Literary Awards for poetry this year with poets Motion and Weyman Chan. The full list of readers and judges is here and the list of finalist titles and poets are here. The winner will be announced on March 24th.


Contest: National Post Write-Your-Own-Aphorism contest winners

October 7, 2010

The National Post has posted the winners and honorable mentions from the Glimpse contest they ran in which they asked readers to submit their own original aphorism. I chose three winners, who will each receive a signed copy of the book, and three honorable mentions, who get nothing except their names in the paper. I judged them blind (meaning I couldn’t see the names of those who wrote what), and yet other poet-types crept in there, most notably Gary Barwin, who won a book, and Christian Bök, who had two honorable mentions.

Last month, in honour of George Murray’s new book, Glimpse, we asked readers to submit their best aphorisms.

We received a fair amount of replies, and forwarded the lot of them to Murray, who agreed to choose the winners. He also pointed out that many of the submissions were either famous quotes or lifted from comedians. So, er, yeah. Maybe we didn’t make the rules clear: we were looking for original aphorisms.

Anyways, here are our winners, who will each receive a signed copy of Glimpse.