Dayne Ogilvie Grant

The Dayne Ogilvie Grant is presented by the WRITERS' TRUST OF CANADA to an emerging gay or lesbian writer who demonstrates great promise through a body of work of exceptional quality. The grant is worth $4000 and is presented annually during Pride Week Toronto.

The grant was established in 2007 by Robin Pacific, a close personal friend of Dayne Ogilvie, who was a highly respected freelance book editor, writer and manager. A passionate lover of all the arts, Ogilvie died in October 2006.

The Dayne Ogilvie Grant is the only grant of its kind serving the gay and lesbian community in Canada. Writers who identify themselves as gay or lesbian are eligible and while no age restriction exists, the grant is intended for writers in the early stages of their careers. To be eligible, writers must be Canadian or permanent residents and must have published at least one book of fiction or poetry.

The winner is selected by a three-member, independent judging panel. There is no submission process. At their discretion, the jury may also name up to two authors to receive an Honour of Distinction in recognition of their work to date. These Honour of Distinction recipients receive a small honorarium and are eligible to receive the grant in the future.

The Dayne Ogilvie Grant has been presented to Michael V. Smith, Zoe Whittall, Debra Anderson, and Nancy Jo Cullen.