Best Personal Essay, Top 10 Finalists

The award for Best Personal Essay is new to the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards program, and our jury has nominated 10 outstanding pieces of personal journalism. The award honours the best overall story in which the writer’s perspective and/or personal experience is the main focus.

Out of this year’s nominees, we explore topics such as coming out to parents, queer mentorship and stories of transitioning, as well as personal tales of the grief associated with miscarriage and widowhood. Family dynamics & traditions, life with cancer, life after the Olympics and the passing of Leonard Cohen are also topics explored in this year’s nominees.

These stories take us on deeply personal journeys through important moments in these writers lives. We invite you to read their stories. Here are the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards nominees for Best Personal Essay:

A Grief Like This
Hazlitt

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Chantal Braganza, Writer
Haley Cullingham, Editor

Brothers Under the Skin
The Globe and Mail

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Niall McGee, Writer
Victor Dwyer, Editor

Family Circus
NUVO Magazine

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Heather O’Neill, Writer
Adrienne Matei, Editor

Forgiving the Future
GUTS Magazine

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Laura Shepherd, Writer
Natalie Childs, Editor

Have You Told Your Parents?
BuzzFeed Canada

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Vivek Shraya, Writer
Scaachi Koul, Editor

How To Go On After Leonard Cohen
Maclean’s

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Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Writer
Adrian Lee, Editor

The Widowhood Effect
The Globe and Mail

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Christina Frangou, Writer
Victor Dwyer & Lisan Jutras, Editors

There’s No Recipe For Growing Up
BuzzFeed Canada

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Scaachi Koul, Writer
Rachel Sanders, Editor

When Queer Sexual Mentorship Comes in the Form of Cling Wrap
Daily Xtra

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Katie Sly, Writer
Matthew DiMera, Editor
Contributors: Indiana Joel & Eternity Martis

When the Games Are Over
The Walrus

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Thomas Hall, Writer
Katherine Laidlaw, Editor


The winners of the Best Personal Essay award will be announced at the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée on Thursday June 1, 2017 in Toronto. Tickets are now on sale. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

Full list of 2017 nominees
Digital Publishing Awards Event Details
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