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The Founders’ Awards acknowledge the longstanding excellence of The Malahat Review’s contributors. Given out annually for the best work of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to have been published in the magazine in the previous year, the Founders’ Awards each honour a Victoria-based writer: Jack Hodgins, Charles Lillard, and P. K. Page. Each award is judged by a prominent Canadian writer of the respective genre, and comes with a prize of $1000.


Jack Hodgins

Jack Hodgins was born in Comox in 1938. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, he taught high school English in Nanaimo until 1979 and fiction at the University of Victoria from 1983 to 2004. His first collection of stories, Spit Delaney’s Island (1976) brought his distinctive perspective on Vancouver Island to readers.

Charles Lillard

Charles Lillard (1944–1997) is respected for his contribution to British Columbia culture. His prose works include nine West Coast histories and editions of many others. Seven Shillings a Year: The History of Vancouver Island won the 1986 Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal.

P. K. Page

P. K. Page was born in England in 1916 and came to Canada in 1919. She came to the notice of readers in the 1940s through her appearances in Preview, the Montreal-based journal key to Canadian modernism. Her first important publication, Unit of Five (a 1944  anthology), was followed by an impressive series of books of poetry, fiction, and memoir.

2016 Founders' Awards: Announcing the Winners!

The Malahat Review is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Jack Hodgins and P. K. Page Founders' Awards in fiction and poetry, respectively. We're also pleased to announce the start of a new award, the Charles Lillard Founders' Award for Creative Nonfiction.

J. R. McConvey has won the Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction with his story, "Home Range," which appeared in the Malahat's Autumn 2015 issue. McConvey's story was chosen by judge Marina Endicott.

Matt Rader has won the inaugural Charles Lillard Founders' Award for Creative Nonfiction with his lyric essay, "from The Lives of North American Horses," which appeared in the Malahat's Winter 2015 Creative Nonfiction issue. Rader's lyric essay was chosen by judge Theresa Kishkan.

Danny Jacobs has won the 2016 P. K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry with his poem, "Fatberg," which appeared in the Malahat's Spring 2015 issue. Jacobs' poem was chosen by judge John Reibetanz.

J. R. McConvey's story, "Home Range"

Matt RaderOf McConvey’s story, Marina Endicott says: "'Home Range' is tense and believable. A bereaved single father, Kyle is caught between conscience and cowardice when he stumbles on human trafficking. Uncomfortable, uncompromising writing turns a too-bright porch-light on Kyle’s failures and his uneasy, exhausted grit when he finds himself in a hard corner."

See the full announcement page for J. R. McConvey's win.


Matt Rader's lyric essay, "from The Lives of North American Horses"

Matt RaderOf Rader's piece, Kishkan says: "I returned to the lyrical extract, 'from The Lives of North American Horses'….  At first reading, it's a collection of material about horses, organized at random—horses in wild and civilized spaces, actual and liminal. Or is it? On second reading, I saw how elegantly it was curated, its sense of the historical present; a linear narrative moving through the herd as a parent and children observe horses in pastures…. There are deep philosophical questions in this piece: 'How long must something go feral before it becomes wild again?' I kept returning to 'from The Lives of North American Horses.' It does reward careful reading. It is attentive to detail and language, and also to mystery."

See the full announcement page for Matt Rader's win.


Danny Jacob's poem, "Fatberg"

Danny JacobsOf Jacobs' poem, John Reibetanz says: "Both lament and celebration, Danny Jacobs’ 'Fatberg' is a superb poem that deeply mines the language as it deeply probes the wasteful underside of our civilized smugness. It carries us through brilliant and dynamically sustained linguistic and metaphorical concatenations whose charged energies are the opposite of the Out of sight, out of mind attitudes it exposes. Even as it moves from 'under London' to 'below the sea' – that destination being both outside and within us – this cornucopia of a poem delights and awakens us to the constantly ramifying glories of the world we have put at risk."

See the full announcement page for Danny Jacob's win.

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