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Dorothy Shoemaker Awards

Thursday November 1 to Friday November 30, 2018

Kitchener Public Library is proud to present the Dorothy Shoemaker Awards. The Awards began in 1967 as a Centennial project, created by Dorothy Shoemaker, Kitchener Public Library's Chief Librarian from 1944 to 1971.

In 1996, when government funding for the awards was eliminated, Ms. Shoemaker made a significant personal donation to ensure the awards would continue. In 2000, Ms. Shoemaker passed away at the age of 94; however, her legacy of support for aspiring writers continues today through her ongoing endowment.

The 2018 contest has a total of $3,000 in cash prizes. Entry is free, with prizes available in two categories:

Podcasting and Prose

And two age groups:

Adult (18 and older) and Youth (17 and under)

The contest is available to individuals living in Southwestern Ontario. Submissions will be accepted from Thursday, November 1 until Friday, November 30 at 11:59 pm.


About Our Judge

Emily Urquhart

Emily Urquhart

Emily Urquhart is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and has a PhD in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her first book, Beyond the Pale: Folkore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes, was a MacLean’s bestseller, a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and a 2015 Globe and Mail Best Book. Her freelance writing has appeared in Hakai Magazine, Reader’s Digest and The Walrus among other publications. After a decade split between St. John’s Newfoundland and Victoria, British Columbia, she recently moved to Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and their two children.

Emily is also the host of our monthly podcast club, and a big part of our library community.


For more information, please contact:

Sheila Bauman
Events Planner
Kitchener Public Library
Tel: 519.743.0271 x254


Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation
Dorothy Shoemaker