About the award

For demonstrated excellence by a graduating student in magazine feature writing.

David Olive, a graduate of the journalism program, established this award in memory of his grandfather, William Olive, a graphic artist with a passion for the written word. William Harold Olive, who aspired to the highest standards of excellence while practising his trade in Toronto from the 1930s through to the 1950s, was awed by the power of the written word to educate and liberate the minds of men. He was particularly inspired by Longfellow, whose work he was fond of reciting: “Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor, and to wait.” This award honours William Olive’s faith in the written word and in those who, with their writing, are able to emancipate the minds and lighten the hearts of their readers.

2017 William H. Olive Award for Excellence in Magazine Feature Writing
2017 William H. Olive Award for Excellence in Magazine Feature Writing

Winner Stephanie Hughes with RSJ professor Lisa Taylor.

Winner Stephanie Hughes with RSJ professor Lisa Taylor.

2016 William H. Olive Award for Excellence in Magazine Feature Writing
2016 William H. Olive Award for Excellence in Magazine Feature Writing

Awards committee member Anne McNeilly with 2016 winner Jonah Brunet.

Awards committee member Anne McNeilly with 2016 winner Jonah Brunet.

Past Winners

2017    Stephanie Hughes

2016    Jonah Brunet

2015    Allison Elkin

2014    Marilee Devries

2014    Daniel Sellers

2013    Loren Hendin

2012    Marta Iwanek

2011    Marlee Kostiner

2010    Melissa Wilson

2009     Joe Yachimec