PEN Canada

February 17, 2005 10:22 ET

Nominations Sought for Inaugural PEN Canada/Paul Kidd Courage Prize

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Books Editor, Media Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 17, 2005) - PEN Canada is seeking nominations for its PEN Canada/Paul Kidd Courage Prize.

The award, which was officially announced last summer, honours exceptional courage in the quest for freedom of expression. Paul Kidd died in 2002, after a career as one of Canada's first globetrotting foreign correspondents. He filed reports to Southam News Service from more than 70 countries, braving street violence, gunfire, terrorism, arrest at bayonet point and open threats from political regimes infuriated by his insistence on getting and reporting the truth. His tenacity earned him the nickname "the Bulldog".

Eligible nominees are:

* Canadian journalists or those working for a Canadian media outlet
* Someone who has made a contribution to writing or broadcasting (posthumous nominations are accepted)
* Those whose work has demonstrated a willingness to put their career on the line in the tenacious pursuit of a story
* A self-starter who has had the courage to be unique and take an independent viewpoint

The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2005. Nominations should include a cover letter outlining the why the candidate should be considered as well as samples of the journalist's work.

The winner of the prize will be announced at the PEN Canada Annual General Meeting in June 2005.

Please forward nominations to: PEN Canada/Paul Kidd Courage Prize, 24 Ryerson Avenue, Suite 214, Toronto ON, M5T 2P3, fax 416 70 3870. IN: ENTERTAINMENT, MEDIA, OTHER

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