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Stephen Leacock Associates has cancelled this year’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Award for Humour gala dinner.

The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, which is worthy of $fifteen,000, is awarded to the very best reserve of humour each individual year.

The medal is usually presented at the gala dinner held in Orillia, Ont., the first 7 days of June. Its cancellation is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

With 84 guides up for thing to consider, the ten longlisted guides and a few finalists will be discovered on April 19, 2020 and Could one, 2020, respectively.

The winner will be introduced on June 5, 2020. They will obtain their medal and prize cash as scheduled. 

The winner, along with the 2020 shortlisted authors will be invited to attend future year’s gala in June 2021 for a belated celebration.

The 2020 University student Humorous Essay Award was also cancelled owing to the current closure of colleges.

All entries will be returned to the authors and entry fees will be refunded.

The award was first specified out in 1947.

Past year’s winner was Cathal Kelly for his memoir Boy Marvel.

Other earlier winners include Patrick deWitt, Cassie Shares and Terry Fallis.