2014 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers Honour of Distinction


Rae Spoon

Jury citation 

Rae Spoon’s voice is as clear as a star-studded sky. First Spring Grass Fire is a tender-hearted collection that nimbly delivers straightforward pitch-perfect storytelling with integrity, subtly, and wit. This book is for anyone who has taken risks in search of home. 

About the Author

Transgender musician and author Rae Spoon’s first book, First Spring Grass Fire, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in September 2012. The book was a finalist for a Lambda Award in the Transgender Fiction category, as well as shortlisted for an Expozine Alternative Press Award. Earlier this year Arsenal Pulp Press released Gender Failure, which is co-authored with Ivan E. Coyote, a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics, and images documenting Ivan and Rae's personal journeys from gender failure to gender self-acceptance. Rae lives in Montreal.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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