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Leona Theis


Leona Theis writes short stories, novels, and creative nonfiction. She divides her time between her home in Saskatoon and a cabin in the boreal forest. Her first book, Sightlines, a collection of interlocking stories that make up a portrait of a town, won two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Excerpts from her novel The Art of Salvage were shortlisted in novella competitions on both the east and west coasts of Canada. A novel in progress has won the John V. Hicks Award. Her creative nonfiction has won the CBC Literary Award, the Prairie Fire Award, and the John V. Hicks Award. She tries to craft work that is funny, serious and absorbing, all in the same package.

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The Art of Salvage. Regina, SK: Coteau Books, 2006.
Sightlines. Regina, SK: Coteau Books, 2000.
Coming Attractions. with Gabriella Goliger and Darryl Whetter. ed. Maggie Helwig. Ottawa, ON: Oberon Press, 1998.
The Occupations of Muriel Thompson. JackPine Press, 2008


Finalist, Richards Prize for Fiction, 2006.
Finalist, Malahat Review Novella Competition, 2004.
Fiction Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards for Sightlines, 2000.
Saskatoon Book Award for Sightlines, 2000.
Prairie Fire Short Prose Competition for "What We Are Left With", 1997.
CBC Literary Award, Creative Nonfiction for The Occupations of Muriel Thompson, 2006
John V. Hicks Award, second place for Unsupervised Swimming (unpublished manuscript, creative nonfiction), 2011
Finalist, CBC Literary Award, Creative nonfiction, 2007
Finalist, CBC Literary Award, Fiction, 2010
Creative Nonfiction Prize for Prairie Fire, 2015
Short fiction award for American Short Fiction, 2015
Edna Staebler Award, honourable mention for The New Quarterly, 2014
John V. Hicks award for fiction, 2016
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