For the second consecutive year all three finalists were female – a first for the award.
The mentorship program pairs unpublished writers with established authors who support the mentees with one-on-one instruction and aims to bring manuscripts in progress closer to publication.
Established in 1985 following the death of Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver, the award is presented to a Canadian illustrator in recognition of outstanding artistic talent.
Atwood and Gibson were recognized for their commitment to birds.
The winner will be announced on March 17.
The program invites five established Canadian writers to select one writer in the early stages of their career to mentor.
Toronto bookseller, event coordinator and community builder Anjula Gogia has been named the winner of this year’s Freedom to Read Award.
The $12,500 award celebrates literary work by a writer from Newfoundland and Labrador.
The annual prize is awarded to a publisher “at the forefront of innovation in their activity for the creative nature of the editorial choices they have made during the previous year.”
The inaugural prize will be awarded on May 4, 2023.