Winner and Honourable Mentions for the Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction 2022


This year’s first place prize has been awarded to Alexis Patoine for her work, A Pile of Bones.

Each year, the Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction is awarded to an SCS creative writing learner whose work and commitment to creative expression inspires us. This year’s u place prize has been awarded to Alexis Patoine. Two honourable prizes have been awarded to Sheila Burpee Duncan and Alison Stevenson. These three writers have taken a chance and embraced their creative potential; we are honoured to celebrate their innovative work. 

WINNER ($2,500 PRIZE):

Alexis Patoine, A Pile of Bones

Alexis Patoine moved to Ontario from Regina, Saskatchewan to study animation. She currently works in the animation industry as a 3D modeller and will be going back to school through the University of Toronto in the Fall. Her fascination with people, culture, and the natural world greatly inspire her art and writing.



Sheila Burpee Duncan, Arbour Marie

Sheila Burpee Duncan has written many short stories, a novel, a memoir and several screenplays. One of her humour pieces was published in Reader’s Digest. Through a twenty-plus year career in external communications, Sheila wrote press releases and technical articles for trade publications and major technology companies, and enjoyed a three-year stint in Stockholm. Now, she’s back living in Ottawa with her husband and their 145-pound dog. Find her on Twitter @SheilaBDuncan.

Alison Stevenson, A Mouthful of Sunshine

Alison Stevenson is a Toronto lawyer. Her short stories have appeared in Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, PRISM international, and This Will Only Take a Minute: 100 Canadian Flashes (Guernica Editions). She was a finalist in the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story Contest and longlisted for the CBC and TNQ/Peter Hinchcliffe prizes. She is working on a story collection. 

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