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Poet Karen Solie, newcomer Jess Taylor win National Magazine Awards

National Magazine AwardsOn June 6, the National Magazine Awards Foundation presented 47 prizes at its annual gala, held in Toronto.

While established magazines such as The Walrus and Maclean’s dominated the evening, in the fiction category newcomer Jess Taylor won for her story “Paul,” which appeared in the literary journal Little Brother. Taylor beat several seasoned writers, including Pasha Malla, Michael Winter, and Jessica Westhead.

Toronto writer Karen Solie won the poetry award for “Conversion,” published by Hazlitt.

The New Quarterly’s former long-time editor Kim Jernigan was presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.