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2018 Student Competition deadline extended

In consideration of several factors, the Board of Directors had extended the deadline for submissions to the 2018 Student Competition.  Entries must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2018, to be considered for this year's prize.  For full Competition details, please see here

April 21, 2018

2018 Gala Weekend tickets now available!

Tickets for the events of this year's Gala Weekend are now available for purchase exclusively through the Leacock Museum and National Historic Site at 50 Museum Drive, Orillia, ON L3V 6K5. 

For Museum opening times see here or call +1 (705) 329-1908. 

Fuller details about the weekend are available here.

April 21, 2018

New membership drive and reduced membership fee

The non-profit registered Canadian charity Stephen Leacock Associates invites new members from the public and has reduced the annual membership fee to just $10 per individual, effective immediately.  The membership year runs from April 1 to March 31 and membership offers significant benefits, the most important of these being the opportunity to directly support Canadian literary arts and to encourage Canadian humour writing. 

New memberships, as well as renewals, can now easily be processed and paid for online at the membership page. A fuller explanation of the advantages of joining is given there too.

March 28, 2018

Runner-up prizes increased to $3,000!

Effective immediately, Stephen Leacock Associates announces a doubling of the runner-up cash prizes (to $3,000) for each of the two shortlisted (finalist) books not awarded the Leacock Medal.

The winner receives the Leacock Medal, and $15,000.

March 6, 2018

2018 Leacock Medal - list of submissions now available

Submissions for the 2018 Leacock Medal are now officially closed.  The list of this year's 70 books submitted can be found here.

The Student Competition remains open. For details on how to enter an original humorous story or humorous personal essay, please see our Student Awards page.

January 9, 2018

New sponsorship opportunities now available!

The Leacock Associates have immediate new sponsorship opportunities of various sizes for 2018 and beyond!

Are you or your organization committed to supporting literature, the arts, humour, writing, authors, books, Canadian culture or youth literacy?

We are a registered non-profit Canadian organization with an international reputation gained through our work with Canadian humour over more than 70 years.  We award the famous Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour annually, recognize other forms of Canadian humour through the prestigious Mayor of Mariposa award, and encourage young writers through our Student Short Story competitions.

Interested?  See our Sponsorship Information Package, or contact us by email at for an immediate reply.

December 1, 2017

Reminder: Submission deadline nears

December 31, 2017, is the deadline for submissions for the 2018 Leacock Medal for Canadian literary humour.

Previous winners have indicated that winning the Leacock Medal was one of the most significant contributors to the commercial success of their writing career.  Book sales rise, self-published writers gain contracts, the media takes notice, and it becomes much easier to get subsequent books published.  Please don't miss this year's opportunity.

Would all Canadian humour writers, publishers, and literary agents please take note of the submission requirements.

November 28, 2017

Board Changes

At the recent AGM, the membership received news of several retirements by long-serving Board members, including Michael Hill, who retired as Past-President.  To honour his exceptional contribution, the Board recommended he be awarded honorary membership, which was passed by unanimous vote.  As per the new Constitution, the role of Past-President will now remain vacant until re-elected President Nathan Taylor's term of office ends. 

In addition, Board member Stephen Davids was elected as the Association's new Vice-President.

For more information on this topic, please contact

November 13, 2017

New Constitution and Bylaws

At the recent AGM, the membership voted unanimously to adopt a new Constitution and Bylaws as recommended by the Board.  The new Constitution preserves the Objectives of the Association while adding important new sections to guide the actions of the Board into the future.

For more information on the new Constitution, please contact

November 13, 2017

Stephen Leacock Associates' 2017 Annual General Meeting

The Stephen Leacock Associates Board of Directors was held on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 4:00 pm at 149 Peter St N, Orillia, ON L3V 4Z4. 
For more information on the AGM, or to become a member, please contact us at

November 13, 2017

Submissions for the 2018 student humorous essay contest are now being accepted

A call for submissions has been sent out to Ontario secondary school principals to encourage their students to enter this exciting competition.  For details on how to enter an essay, please see our Student Awards page.

October 4, 2017

Submissions for the 2018 Leacock Medal are now being accepted

For details on how to enter a book for the 2018 Leacock Medal, please see our Leacock Medal submissions page.

September 18, 2017

Additional Literary Judge Recruited in Quebec

Thanks to all who showed interest in the recent opening for a Quebec-based literary judge to join our national team.

The position has been successfully filled.

August 2, 2017

Gary Barwin wins 2017 Leacock Medal

Gary BarwinPhoto credit Adela Talbot.

Gary Barwin, of Hamilton, Ontario, has won this year’s Stephen Leacock Medal for Canadian Humour and a $15,000 prize for his acclaimed book, Yiddish for Piratespublished by Random House Canada.

The winner was announced by Nathan Taylor, president of awarding body Stephen Leacock Associates, in front of an audience of around 190 at a 70th-anniversary gala dinner award ceremony near Orillia, Ontario, that was attended by no fewer than ten previous winners of the medal.

Barwin’s family was there to see him receive the prestigious Medal. He becomes the 70th winner in the history of the long-running award.  There was no award given in 1959.

Both other finalists, Amy Jones for We’re All in This Together, McClelland & Stewart, and Drew Hayden Taylor for Take Us to Your Chief And Other Stories, Douglas & McIntyre, received cash awards for achieving the shortlist.

A Canada-wide panel of readers and judges had narrowed 68 initial submissions to form a longlist of 11 highly recommended works, with only three books eventually forming the shortlist.

Click here to read Gary's acceptance speech.

June 10, 2017

2017 Shortlist Announced

The Board of Directors of Stephen Leacock Associates has announced its shortlist for the 2017 Anniversary Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour award. The top three picks have been narrowed down from a longlist of 11 out of a field of 68 entries:

In alphabetical order by author surname:

The final winner, who also receives a $15,000 prize supported by TD Bank Financial Group, is to be announced on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at a gala award dinner at Geneva Park Conference Centre, just outside Orillia, Ontario. The gala dinner is open to the public, and limited tickets are available exclusively through the Stephen Leacock Museum in Orillia. See you there!

May 3, 2017

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