The 2018 City of Regina Writing Award Recipient is U of R Alumna Debby Adair

By Everett Dorma Posted: June 8, 2018 4:00 p.m.

Alumna Debby Adair received the 2018 City of Regina Writing Award.
Alumna Debby Adair received the 2018 City of Regina Writing Award. Photo courtesy Saskatchewan Writer's Guild

Debby Adair, who graduated in 2017 with a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing and English, is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild’s 2018 City of Regina Writing Award for her unpublished memoir which was developed as part of her Master’s thesis, co-supervised by Drs. Troni Grande and Medrie Purdham.

“I was surprised and humbled to learn that I had won the award as I know and respect many of the past recipients, including one of my thesis supervisors, Dr. Medrie Purdham, as well as Professor Gerry Hill, Tracy Hamon and last year’s recipient Chelsea Coupal.  Tracy and Chelsea are also alumni with M.A.s in Creative Writing and English,” says Adair.  “I feel very honoured as the award recognizes and validates my memoir, the first non-fiction manuscript written in the program, and it will support its completion.”

Debby Adair winner of 2018 City of Regina Writers Award. Photo courtesy Angylravyn Photography.
Debby Adair winner of 2018 City of Regina Writing Award. Photo courtesy Angylravyn Photography

Sponsored by the City of Regina, the competition is an award for literary merit in creative writing; it is open to writers in all genres who are residents of Regina. The award is designed to enable one local writer to work on a specific solo writing project for a three-month period. The winner receives $4,500 and a one week individual retreat at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan.

The award competition is juried by professional writers from outside Saskatchewan and Adair’s submission was described by the jurors as: “chilling, mesmerizing and oddly comforting … a litany of powerful, visceral images that haunt the memory of a daughter, a wife, a mother.

This year’s runners-up are also U of R alumni: Iryn Tushabe and Tanya Foster will both receive a one-week individual retreat at St. Peter's Abbey. Foster received her MA in Creative Writing and English (2013) and Tushabe earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinematography and Film/Video Production (2012) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism (2014).

This is the second year in a row where U of R alumni have swept the competition. Tushabe was also a runner up in 2017. Melanie Schnell who earned her Bachelor of Education degree with a major in English from the U of R (1998) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia was a runner up in both 2017 and 2010.

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