Awards & prizes


Bread & Water: Essays is a finalist in the Culinary Narratives category of Taste Canada’s 2022 Book Awards. Winners TBA.

Bread & Water: Essays is a finalist in two categories in the 2022 Sask Book Awards: the University of Saskatchewan’s President’s Office Nonfiction Award; and the City of Saskatoon Award. Winners TBA.

UPDATE: Bread & Water was awarded the University of Saskatchewan President’s Office Nonfiction Award at the 2022 Sask Book Awards, judged on calibre of writing.


1st prize, Prairie Fire‘s annual Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest, for “Wiebo’s Way.”


2nd prize,  FreeFall magazine’s Open Poetry & Prose Contest, for “Prairie winter.”


  • Saskatchewan Book Awards finalist, University of Regina Book of the Year, Wildness Rushing In
  • Saskatchewan Book Awards finalist, SK Arts Board Poetry Award, Wildness Rushing In


  • 2nd place, Saskatchewan Writer Guild John V. Hicks Award for creative nonfiction, for Bread & Water: Essays
  • Foodshed: An Edible Prairie Alphabet, placed 3rd in Les Dames D’Escoffier’s 2014 MFK Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, book category. A biennial award, this year’s had 110 entries in 3 categories [books, magazines, and internet], open to women writers in Canada, the USA, and the British Isles. The MFK Fisher Awards recognize “women writers whose published non-fiction works reflect creativity and insight, and illuminate the pivotal roles of food, beverages, and the arts of the table or contribute to our knowledge of those who grow, produce or prepare nourishment.”
  • shortlisted finalist, Creative NonFiction Collective Annual Reader’s Choice Award, for “Learning to Cook”, CNF essay


  • Best Culinary Book, High Plains Book Awards, for Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet
  • longlisted finalist [30 of 2,500 entries], CBC Canada Writes Creative Nonfiction contest, for CNF essay “Elemental”
  • honourable mention, The New Quarterly annual Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, for CNF essay “Watershed”


  • shortlisted finalist, Freefall Magazine’s annual open short fiction contest, for “The Good Husband”
  • 3rd place, Freefall Magazine’s annual poetry contest, for “At 15”
  • Gold Medal for Best Food Literature Book in Canada (English), Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, awarded to Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet
  • 1st prize, Hamilton GritLIT writing festival’s annual poetry competition, for “Suite: Seven ways to inhabit grief”
  • CBC Radio’s Number One Peoples’ Choice Award, Cross-Country Culinary Book Shelf, for Foodshed : An Edible Alberta Alphabet
  • shortlisted finalist, The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Poetry Contest, for “Waiting for the loons”
  • shortlisted finalist, Freefall Magazine’s annual open short fiction contest, for “The Quinzie”
  • shortlisted finalist, The New Quarterly annual Peter Hinchcliffe Short Story Contest, for “Still Life with Birds”
  • longlisted finalist, The New Quarterly annual Nick Blatchford Occasional Poem contest, for “Supper at The Only”


  • 2nd place, poetry, SK Writers’ Guild Short Manuscript Awards, for “Embolism”


  • shortlisted finalist, The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Poetry Contest, for “Pottery in the Cypress Hills”
  • 3rd prize, Hamilton writing festival’s GritLIT annual poetry competition, for “girl!talk” suite of poems


  • shortlisted finalist, The Malahat Review Far Horizons Short Fiction Award, for “The Quinzie”
  • runner-up with honourable mention, the Brenda Strathern Late Bloomers Creative Fiction Award, for “Exercise Girls”


  • 2nd prize, Les Dames d’Escoffier International, MFK Fisher award for excellence in culinary writing in North America, for “Japan’s Cutting Edge” 
  • Western Region Finalist, Sandy Sanderson Media Writing Award, Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks, for excellence in written portrayal of the chef’s profession


  • finalist, Cuisine Canada Cookbook Awards, Double Dishing: The Dishing Women Entertain     


  • International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Scholarship to Ballymaloe Cookery School, County Cork, Ireland


  • Fred Balmer Memorial Award [Most Outstanding 3rd Year Cook’s Apprentice], SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary, AB

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