2020 Festival Cancelled

WINGHAM, ON –  Like several other festivals and events planned for this spring and summer, the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story has had to cancel the 2020 Festival scheduled for June 5-7, due to health and safety concerns and to support public health protocols currently in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.  

The organizing committee made the difficult decision to cancel all public activities planned for the June 2020 festival to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our audience and guest authors.   “We had a great line-up of Canadian authors confirmed for this year’s festival including Canlit pillars, Guy Vanderhaeghe and David Adams Richards to some impressive new voices in Canadian literature like Souvankham ThammavongsaMaria Reva and Alex Pugsley,” said Rick Sickinger, Chair of the Festival Committee. “It’s disappointing that we won’t have the chance to share these remarkable books and writers with Huron County audiences, but we’ll return with another terrific line-up of Canadian authors for next year’s festival.”

(Left)  Jane Urquhart, Guest Judge for the 2020 Adult Short Story Contest and (right) Heather Smith, Guest Judge for the 2020 Youth Category.  File photos

The Committee will be going ahead with the annual Short Story Contest, hosting an online event on June 6 with our guest judges to announce the winners of the contest.  This year’s guest judge for the Adult Category is Jane Urquhart, one of Canada’s best-loved authors.  Urquhart is the author of seven internationally acclaimed novels and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.  Heather Smith, award winning author of the YA novels, Ebb and Flow and The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, will be this year’s guest judge for the Youth Category of the Short Story Contest.  Full details about the short story contest online event will be announced May 15th on the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story website and Facebook account. 

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story is generously supported by the Township of North Huron, County of Huron, Capital Power, Howick Mutual Insurance, Royal Homes (Wingham), Joe Kerr Limited (Wingham), Ontario Arts Council and Dr. Marie Gear. The three-day Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story celebrates the short story format and Canadian literature in the landscape that inspired the work of Alice Munro, Nobel laureate for literature.  

April 14, 2020