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Barb Howard

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Barb Howard's short story collection Western Taxidermy won the Canadian Authors' Association 2012 Exporting Alberta Award and was a finalist at the international 2013 High Plains Book Awards. Her work has been shortlisted four times for Alberta Literary Awards, including twice in 2012, and she won the 2009 Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story.

Barb's fiction and nonfiction has been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies across Canada including Grain, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Room, Alberta Views and Canadian Lawyer.

In addition to Western Taxidermy (2012), Barb's book-length works of fiction include Notes For Monday (2009), Whipstock (2001) and The Dewpoint Show (2010). She is co-editor of, and contributor to, the 2012 nonfiction anthology Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge.

Barb has a BA (Canadian Literature) from UBC, a law degree from Dalhousie and an MA (Creative Writing) from the University of Calgary. She lives in Calgary, Alberta. 

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Western Taxidermy. NeWest Press, 2012
Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge (co-editor with Joan Dixon) . Heritage House, 2012
The Dewpoint Show. Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2010
Notes for Monday. Recliner Books, 2009
Whipstock. NeWest Press, 2001


Winner CAA (Alberta) Exporting Alberta Award for Western Taxidermy, 2012
Shortlisted, Howard O'Hagan award for short story for Breaking the Mould (published in FreeFall ), 2012
Shortlisted, R Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature for The Dewpoint Show, 2012
Winner, WGA Howard O'Hagan Award for short story for Mrs. Goodfellow's Dog (published in Grain), 2009
Winner, Prairie Anthology Writing for Children Competition for Howling at the Moon (anthology), 2005
Winner, AlbertaViews Short Story Contest, 2002
Winner, Canadian Lawyer Short Contest for Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 1995
Winner, Calgary Writers' Association Sunshine Sketches Contest, 1995
Finalist, High Plains Award for Short Story for Western Taxidermy, 2013
2nd place, CAA (Vancouver) Short Story Contest for MVP, 2015
Finalist, Carte Blanche and CNFC essay contest for The Unicycle in my Garage, 2017
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