Elisabeth de Mariaffi wins 2013 Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award

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Elisabeth de Mariaffi has won the 2013 Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi. — Submitted photo

It was announced Wednesday night at a meeting of the A.C. Hunter Library Book Club in St. John’s. The award in memory of writer Lawrence Jackson, comes with a $500 cash prize and is intended to encourage and promote original and creative thought in all genres of writing.

It’s sponsored by Jackson’s wife Laura and children Willow, Holly and Ben, with contributions from family and friends to the Lawrence Jackson Trust Fund.

 Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the author of the short story collection How To Get Along With Women (Invisible Publishing, 2012), which was long-listed for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published in magazines across Canada.

Mariaffi is currently working on The Devil You Know (Patrick Crean Editions, Harper Collins), her first novel with support from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC).

“I'm doubly honoured to receive the Lawrence Jackson Award this year, first because of the distinction of being given the award by a jury of my peers in the writing community,” said de Mariaffi. “Also, because that peer group is so accomplished. We're very lucky to have the commitment of granting bodies such as the NLAC, whose firm investment in the arts is exactly what makes Newfoundland and Labrador such a leader in cultural production within Canada.”

The Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award is administered by the NLAC. All applicants to the NLAC’s Project Grants Program in the writing category are considered for the award and the winner is selected by a peer assessment committee.

“It is a pleasure to congratulate Elisabeth on receiving the 2013 Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award,” said executive director Reg Winsor. “Her most recent release of short stories was recognized by the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist and the ReLit Award shortlist. The award she has won today honours the strength of emerging talent, which Elisabeth clearly has.”

Previous winners of the award are Catherine Safer Hogan, Scott Bartlett, Sara Tilley, Andreae Callanan, Michael Collins, Joel Thomas Hynes, Mark Callanan, Michael Johansen, Matthew Cook, Maura Hanrahan, Peter Hynes, Camille Fouillard, and Them Days.

Originally from Toronto, Mariaffi currently works as Marketing co-ordinator for Breakwater Books, and is now based in St. John's, where she lives with her partner, poet George Murray and their four children.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, A.C. Hunter Library Book Club, Lawrence Jackson Trust Fund.Elisabeth de Mariaffi Patrick Crean Editions

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Toronto St. John's

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