Annie Muktuk Wins Prestigious Danuta Gleed Literary Award

We have some great news to share!

Norma Dunning has won the prestigious Danuta Gleed Literary Award, given to the writer of the best first short story collection in Canada. The stories in Annie Muktuk and Other Stories portray the unvarnished realities of northern life via strong and gritty characters.

Jury members praised Dunning for crafting “spellbinding narratives” centring on Inuit characters that “deliver raw emotion and an acute sense of humanity.”

Norma has also won two other awards this spring for Annie Muktuk and Other Stories:

One of her stories from the collection, “Elipsee”, won the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story.

The full collection also took a Bronze in the North American independent publishing contest, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards, in the Short Stories category.

Finally, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize.

Norma Dunning with award certificate.
Norma Dunning at the Alberta Literary Awards gala in June 2018. Photo credit: Monique de St. Croix of Hip Image Photography.
“I did not expect the Danuta Gleed Award. To have my Annie be nominated was amazing in and of itself. I am grateful to the Writers’ Union of Canada and to the jury, who took the time and interest in my words, and who could love Annie in the way that I do. I wrote her for my ancestors, and for all Inuit because we are a peoples who tread in both the past and present.” Norma Dunning