Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Prize
Established in 2008 by the Writers' Trust Of Canada, the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Prize was created by merging two previously existing prizes: the Marian Engel Award for a female writer in mid-career and the Timothy Findley Award for a male writer in mid-career. The winner is announced annually at the Writers' Trust Awards event. The prize is worth $25 000.
The Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Prize is given to a Canadian writer for a body of work and in hope of future contributions. All eligible writers in mid-career are considered. For the purposes of this award, "mid-career" is defined as having published at least three books in Canada of literary merit, which are predominantly fiction. No age or gender criteria are included in the mid-career definition.
An independent judging panel comprised of three writers nominates a confidential shortlist of writers and selects the winner. There is no submission process.
Marian Engel was an award-winning novelist and an Officer of the Order Of Canada. The Marian Engel Award was given annually to a female writer in mid-career from 1986 to 2007. Notable recipients included Alice Munro, Carol Shields, Bonnie Burnard, Elizabeth Hay, and, in its last year, Diane Schoemperlen.
Timothy Findley was an acclaimed novelist, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a founding member of the Writers' Union Of Canada. The Timothy Findley Award was given annually to a male writer in mid-career from 2002 to 2007. Notable recipients included Bill Gaston, David Adams Richards, Rohinton Mistry, and Michael Crummey.