Honours & Awards

NATIONAL NEWSPAPER AWARDS, Long Feature ($1,000), 2016

THE BANFF CENTRE Leighton Colony Self-directed Literary Residency, September 2015

ACCESS COPYRIGHT FOUNDATION Professional Development Grant ($1,900), 2015

Short-listed in the ROOM 2014 Fiction Contest, 2014

THE BANFF CENTRE Literary Journalism Residency ($2,000 + 1-month fully funded residency), Summer 2014

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTS COUNCIL Scholarship ($5,000), 2013

NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS Best New Magazine Writer ($500), 2013

RHUBARB Taboo Literary Contest, First Place, Creative Non-fiction ($500 & publication), 2013

Long-listed in the HOUSE OF ANANSI Broken Social Scene Contest, 2013

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA (SSHRC) Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement travel grant ($6,000), 2013

UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Travel Grant ($400), 2013

UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Award ($2,100), 2012

THE NEW QUARTERLY Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest ($1,000 & publication), 2012

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Master’s Scholarship ($17,500), 2012

UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Award ($1000), 2011

UBC History Students Association Prize ($250), 2009

UBC Faculty of Arts Graduating Student Leader, 2009

UBC Student Leader, 2009

UBC Gilbert N. Tucker Memorial Scholarship ($2000), 2008

UBC Margaret Lawrence Scholarship in Arts ($275), 2008

NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES Canadian Undergraduate Essay Competition ($100), 2008

UBC Summer Scholarship ($3000), 2008

UBC Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students ($1500), 2007

UBC President’s Entrance Scholarship ($2000), 2006

HAWAII LANGUAGE ARTS SHOWCASE, First Place, Poetry, School Level, Grade 12, 1995

HAWAII LANGUAGE ARTS SHOWCASE, First Place, Poetry, State Level, 1995

July 2014, The Banff Centre. Photo by Kelsey Kudak.

Sierra Skye Gemma at The Banff Centre, July 2014. Photo by Kelsey Kudak.