Awards

American Booksellers Association Indie Pick 2016, The Clay Girl
“This is a beautifully written story of strength and resilience, leading to ultimate victory over seemingly impossible challenges. This book, which is like no other in terms of character, voice, and plot, rewards the reader with a memorable heroine who triumphs over daunting odds.” —Joe Strebel, Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, IL)

“ This novel is full of those take-away-your-breath lines, the ones you want to write down and keep in your pocket for when you need them. Ari joins the ranks of heroines like Lyra Belacqua or Liesel Meminger, girls who take the worst society has to offer and turn it into strength and kindness.” — Linda Sherman-Nurick Cellar Door Bookstore (Riverside, CA)

Finalist: Australian Book Review, Elizabeth Jolley Prize 2015, Butterfly as Metaphor

Finalist: Writer`s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition 2014, Butterfly as Metaphor
“Stylistically this piece is an electric storm; frightening and awesomely beautiful…”

Winner: Literal Latte Fiction Awards 2013, With All The Trouble Jesus Went Through He Should at Least Get a Jelly Bean Brilliant story! Complicated, compassionate.This little gem quivers on the razor’s edge between hilarious and heartbreaking. I’m still bleeding.

Finalist, SLS Unified Literary Contest 2012, Vanishing Point

Finalist: PRISM International Non Fiction Contest 2012, Vanishing Point

Finalist: Malahat Novella ‘Prize’ 2012, Time Flies

Finalist: Constance Rooke Creative Non Fiction ‘Prize’ 2012, Frozen Section

Merit-based Scholarship, SLS Unified Literary Contest 2012, Clay Children

Semi-finalist: Writer`s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition 2012, Colour in Air
“Acute sense of humour and word play. Energetic momentum, distinctive voice and extravagantly original take on senses and sensibilities.” Judge’s comments.

Finalist: Malahat Open Season Award for Non-Fiction 2012, Vanishing Point

Merit-based Scholarship, SLS Unified Literary Contest 2011, Butterfly as Metaphor
“Smart, energetic, coolly idiosyncratic, fast-paced and engaging.” Mikhail Iossel, Summer Literary Seminars Director

Finalist: Malahat Far Horizon`s Award for Short Fiction 2011, Butterfly as Metaphor

Winner: Writer`s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition 2011, For All the Trouble Jesus Went Through He Should At Least Get a Jellybean
“This writer features quirkiness and original characters and the humour in this wonderfully tilted story is sharp and delivers much emotional impact…”

Finalist: Writer`s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition 2011, Stages of Grief
“This story is a gorgeous tour de force! Of all the stories I read, this one was the most confident, the most artistic and the most accomplished. Ms. Tucker makes fantastic use of the word limit, telling the story of a married man’s extramarital affair on an office building rooftop by breaking it into four stages of grief. Tremendous use of tiny details that make this story and its characters come to life. This piece beat the others in my pile by a good country mile!”

Finalist: 2010 Writer`s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition 2010, Damn Yangtze

First Place: WCDR Wild Words Contest 2010, 6. She`s stunningly unpredictable
“I was impressed by the unique style of this storyteller – to convey so much character solely through dialogue is a true measure of a writer’s craft. And watching the heroine’s personal journey to strength .” Susanna Kearsley, Author

Second Place: WCDR Wild Words Contest 2010, A Windowed Wall
“A very full story gradually revealed through interactions between characters, so that we as readers are constantly re-adjusting our lens on what we think is going on. This memorable story really stood out for me, combining vivid and sympathetic characters and a strong writing voice.” Susanna Kearsley, Author

Finalist: WCDR Wild Words Contest 2010Overwintering
“The heroine of this story is instantly likeable, and very, very real, which made me want to walk along with her and see things through her eyes. Nice ending.” Susanna Kearsley, Author

Honorable Mention With Distinction: WCDR Wicked Words Contest 2009, Dirty Scrabble
“Nicely constructed story, with several layers. Controlled humour. Fully realized characters. Although there are several events depicted here, their presentation never feels episodic Beneath the veneer of humour is a poignant story, told with restraint. This is the type of story that could easily have gone astray with less control. Very accessible and audience friendly.” Rabindranath Maharaj, Author

Honorable Mention With Distinction: WCDR Wicked Words Contest 2009,Animating Daisy
“Great dialogue The characters are well constructed.” Rabindranath Maharaj, Author

Honorable Mention: WCDR Wicked Words Contest 2009, Beyond Ideas
“A fine story. Dense. Quite original.” Rabindranath Maharaj, Author

First Place: WCDR Short Fiction Contest 2008, Coming and Going and Life in Between

Finalist: WCDR Short Fiction Contest 2008, Woman is a Four Letter Word

First Place: WCDR Short Fiction Contest 2007, Time Flies
“I like everything about this story. The characters are strong, and I feel for them all. I like the use of humour, especially in that it doesn’t interfere with the genuine emotional heart of the piece. I like the texture, the background details which add up to a fully realized world.” Robert Weirsma, Author

Honorable Mention: WCDR Short Fiction Contest 2007, Layers

First Place: WCDR Short Fiction Contest 2006, Warning: University education may cause premature graying, recent study finds

Second Place: WCDR Short Fiction Contest 2006, Colour Outside the Lines

Second Place: The Writing Fairy Humour-Writing Contest 2006, Freudian Slippers

Honorable Mention: WCDR 24-Hour Non-Fiction Contest 2006, Light Flight

Finalist: WCDR 24-Hour Non-Fiction Contest 2005, Company of Angels

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