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The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is open to print books and ebooks of creative nonfiction published in the previous calendar year (i.e. books published during the 2017 calendar year are eligible for the 2018 award). To qualify, the writer must be Canadian, and an entry:

  • must be the writer's first or second published book of any type or genre;
  • must have a Canadian locale and/or significance; and
  • should be distinguished by first-hand research, well-crafted interpretive writing, the writer's personal discovery or experience, and creative use of language or approach to the subject matter.

Previous winners are not eligible, and the judges reserve the right to grant or withhold the award in any year. The decision of the judges is final.

Print Books

For print books, please send six (6) copies of the published book along with a completed copy of the entry form to:

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo ON N2L 3C5


For ebooks, please email an electronic file in ePub, Kindle or PDF format to, along with a completed copy of the entry form.

Note: If the entry is available in both print and ebook format, please provide six (6) print copies only.

Entry Form

Entries are not returnable and must be received by April 1, 2018. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction Entry Form

After you have submitted the entry form, you are required to complete the following instructions:

  1. Save and print a copy of your entry form by copying and pasting the content of your entry form into a Word document. You must include a copy of this application with the literary submission of your entry form.
  2. Submit copies of the publication. If the entry is available in both print and ebook format, provide six print copies only. Entries are not returnable.

If you have any questions, contact

Award Deadline

The deadline for submitting entries to the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction is generally in April of each year. However, we strongly encourage publishers to check this website beginning in February each year to confirm the deadline date.

The 2018 deadline is April 1.

If you wish to be notified of the deadline date each year, please email the name and email address of the appropriate contact in your organization to and we will add them to our distribution list.

Contact Us:

Award for Creative Non-Fiction

T: 519.884.1970 x3361

Writer-in-Residence Program

T: 519.884.0710 x4669


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