Conversations About the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards
Remarks such as "unique" "helpful" "creative" "much needed", "wonderfully conceived" "make this a Canadian award" have been part of an ongoing conversation with freelance writers and writing organizations since the first Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards were granted in 2004.
The awards are unique in two ways: they provide support to working Canadian freelance writers when they most need it in their work cycle and they give special regard to those working in the area of social justice. Excellence of writing and research are a benchmark of the awards. No other Canadian writing competition has this unique grouping of eligibility criteria.
The awards honour the memory of Dave Greber whose death in 2000 prompted his partner Shirley Dunn to establish a fund to honor Dave's memory and to perpetuate his professional values through the creation of the annual Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards. The awards represent an appropriate, ongoing contribution to Daves' chosen profession. He lived to write.
Change is a part of keeping the awards current and responsive to the changing world of writing and publishing. Since its inception in 2004 the award has been open to both book or magazines submissions but in 2007 a second separate award was created that recognizes the shorter publishing time lines specific to magazines. Freelance writers from across Canada are now eligible to compete for the award whereas at its inception the awards were open only to Calgary writers.
Change and growth remain two necessary elements of the awards. Additional funds are needed to increase the amounts of the awards, to expand the opportunity for writers living anywhere in Canada to compete, and to ensure long life for the awards.
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