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2018 Judges

Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award


Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from BC. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on intergenerational trauma and Indigenous literature. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword).  Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).


Short Fiction Contest


Lisa Moore has written two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, and three novels, AlligatorFebruary and Caught, as well as a stage play, based on her novel February. Lisa’s most recent published work of fiction is a young adult novel called Flannery

She selected and introduced The Penguin Book of Canadian Contemporary of Women’s Short 

Stories, and Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland. She was the co-editor, along with Dede Crane, of Great Expectations: 24 True Stories About Childbirth, and co-editor, along with Alex Marland, of The Democracy Cookbook, a collection of essays about governance in Newfoundland. 

Lisa has studied conceptual art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.   

Alligator and Caught, and her short story collection Open were nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her novel February was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and won CBC Canada Reads in 2013. She is also the winner of the Writer’s Trust Engel Findley Award for Fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Canada/Caribbean region.

Lisa’s new collection of stories Something for Everyone will be published in the fall of 2018. 


Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Myrna Kostash is a full-time writer based in Edmonton, author of the classic All of Baba’s Children, and most recently of The Frog lake Reader, Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium and The Seven Oaks Reader. Her essays, articles, and creative nonfiction have been widely anthologized. She is a recipient of the WGA’s Golden Pen Award and the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen award for a Life of Writing. She is at work on The Ghost Notebooks, a public family history and memoir.