Ali Bryan


”Her writing is stunningly funny and poignant. She mixes the absurd and the banal into a hurricane of humanity – a dazzling writer.”

– Emerging Artist adjudicators

Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative non-fiction writer based in Calgary. Her first novel Roost (Freehand, 2013) won the Alberta Literary Awards George Bugnet Award for Fiction. National Post said, “Roost is hilarious. Ali Bryan is a master of deadpan delivery and is a seemingly endless source of deft one-liners.” Her second novel The Figgs was released on May 1, 2018; a third is currently in the works.

Ali has twice been long-listed for the CBC Writes Creative Non-Fiction prize, and was shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Awards Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award in 2016 in the same genre. She is also writing young adult literature and her first work in the YA genre – The Hill – is currently with an agent.
The adjudicators found her writing to be “captivating, funny and so good’.


Cheryl Foggo

Year: 2021

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Bruce Cinnamon

Year: 2020


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Year: 2020


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Year: 2019