2015 Brenda Strathern Memorial Writing Award

“Dear Douglas,

…our committee had the pleasure of reading many submissions and the excerpt from your novel in progress, titled Gift of Mercy stood out among those entries. Following is what the judges said about your work:

This excerpt is very polished in terms of language and is the work of a writer who is aware of the power of specific detail – there is definitely a sense of craft and meticulousness in this work. The writer’s skill is further reflected in the story’s pacing which draws the reader in immediately. As a judge I was particularly impressed by this writer’s ability to subtly and sensitively portray a foreign setting and culture without relying on excessive explanation. This writing has terrific potential.

This was an engaging story that demonstrates how this author can play with language and experiment with other elements of fiction, such as time and structure. The language was polished and the setting detail was rich. The story started with immediate drama and tension and engaged me as a reader; the tension was then drawn out, compelling me to read more. I look forward to reading more from this author!

On behalf of the Brenda Strathern Memorial Fund, the jury, and staff and Board of Calgary Foundation we take this opportunity to congratulate you and to thank you once again for your submission.”


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