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2020 Judges

Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award

Photo by KC Adams

Garry Thomas Morse is a poet and novelist continually grappling with genre and form. He is the author of various poetry titles, most notably Discovery Passages and Prairie Harbour, each a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry. He is also the author of a speculative fiction series called The Chaos! Quincunx, and two of its three books have been nominated for the ReLit Award. He recently released the Yams Do Not Exist, through Turnstone Press.

Morse has served as a mentor to emerging and established writers as the Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence at The University of Toronto, as the Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence at The University of Winnipeg, and twice as a guest at the Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival in Saskatoon.

Short Fiction Contest

Casey Plett is the author of Little Fish, A Safe Girl to Love, and the co-editor of Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. She is a winner of the Amazon First Novel Award, the ALA Stonewall Book Award Barbara Gittings Literature Prize, and a two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award. She has written for The New York Times, The Walrus, McSweeney’s, Maclean’s, and Rookie, among other publications.




Creative Non-Fiction Contest


Trisha Cull is the author of The Death of Small Creatures (Nightwood Editions). Her writing has appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada. She has won numerous writing awards, including the Prairie Fire Bliss Carman Award for Poetry and the Prism international prize for literary nonfiction. She is currently back in school in a post-graduate program in Mental Health and Addictions. She hopes to continue writing while working with disenfranchised populations.  She lives, writes and plays in Victoria, B.C.