Vancouver playwright C.E. Gatchalian has won the seventh annual Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers.
Presented by the Writers Trust of Canada, the $4,000 prize is given to an emerging Canadian writer from the LGBT community who demonstrates literary promise.
The jury's citation reads:
C.E. Gatchalian’s multifarious voice has emerged in many places. As a playwright, poet, cultural curator, and mentor, Gatchalian is reaching ever-growing audiences across Canada, not only broadening the creative dialogue on queer identity, but also championing intricate portraits of race, survivorship, and sexuality. Being both candid and complex requires assiduity on the part of the author. His newest play, Falling in Time, is an unflinching look at war, masculinity, migration, intimacy, and love.
Gatchalian writes drama, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He has been Playwright-in-Residence at the Vancouver Playhouse and the Firehall Arts Centre, and Writer-in-Residence at the Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. His latest play, Falling in Time, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. He is currently artistic producer of the Frank Theatre Company.
Novelists Anand Mahadevan and Barry Webster received honours of distinction.