Lit Jam makes its return in 2019!
Get ready for an interactive night of storytelling where teams comprised of emerging writers from various creative writing programs will compete by improvising stories on stage. The audience will prompt them with story starters and scenarios! The winning team will receive a cash prize and publication of their story on nowtoronto.com.
Judging this year’s competition are Joseph Kertes, Richard Scrimger and Deborah Dundas with Antanas Sileika acting as our emcee for the evening. The competing teams include York University, Guelph University, University of Toronto Scarborough and the winner of Lit Jam 2018, Humber College!
Check out the 2018 Lit Jam winning story here.
The York University Team
- Dylan Gauche
- Rebecca Goncalves
- Taylor Morgan
The Guelph University Team
- Kathryn Taddei
- Preeti Dhaliwal
- Miguel Gamboa
The University of Toronto Team
- Ryanne Kap
- Kit Hornby
- Sarah Hilton
The Humber College Team
- Jaryd Gabison
- Andrew Morris
- Carolyn Bennett
Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years – including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She's worked at CTV and TVO, both as an editor/producer and reporting, interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She's also lived and worked in Northern Ireland. She feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests.
Joseph Kertes founded Humber College's creative writing and comedy programs. He was until recently Humber's Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children's books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim. His novel, Gratitude, won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His latest novel, The Afterlife of Stars, has been described by Miriam Toews as his “masterpiece” and was named a notable book by the NY Times Book Review. Kertes is the 2017 recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.
Richard Scrimger has been writing since 1996. He’s published books for adults and children, and written for television and print media. His fiction is acclaimed in Canada and the US and has been translated into a dozen languages. When he’s not writing or drinking coffee, he pretends to teach at Humber College in Toronto. Scrimger presents his latest work, Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book, a part-graphic meta-comedy so wacky that even he doesn’t really understand it.
Antanas Sileika is the author of five works of fiction and one boo of nonfiction. His first collection of stories, Buying on Time, was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Toronto Book Award as well as serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Woman in Bronze and Underground were both listed among the 100 books of the year by the Globe and Mail, and the latter has been optioned for film. The Barefoot Bingo Caller is his recent memoir. His latest novel, Provisionally Yours, is forthcoming from Biblioasis in March of 20129. Antanas is the former director of the Humber School for Writers. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.