Awards and Nominations

[Kemick] convincingly wrests the sublime from the trivial. He manages, astonishingly, a tone both earnest and ironic, with details and insights that are lively, unexpected, funny, and poignant.
––National Magazine Awards Jury

  • “Playing God,” Gold Medal, National Magazine Award‘s One of a Kind, 2016; nomination, Best New Writer in Canada.
  • “The Ghost of the Great Gun,” 1st place, Subterrain‘s LUSH Triumphant Creative-Nonfiction, 2016.
  • “States of Mind,” 2nd place, PRISM international’s Creative Nonfiction Contest, 2016.
  • “The Damned,” Short-list, EVENT‘s Creative Nonfiction Award, 2016.
  • “Bereavement Tax Credit,” Second Runner-up, PRISM international‘s Fiction Contest, 2016.
  • “The Most Human Part of You,” Short-list, Glimmer Train’s Short Fiction Award, 2015.
  • “Bereavement Tax Credit,” Short-list, Malahat Review’s Far Horizon Award (Prose), 2015.
  • “Calgary Zoo, August 5th 2010,” 1st place, Echolocation‘s chapbook contest, 2014.
  • “A Note Left on the Dresser,” 1st place, Grain Magazine‘s Short Grain Award, 2014.
  • “Tankas from the Tundra,” Long-list, PRISM international‘s Poetry Contest, 2014.
  • “Genesis 1:24,” Nomination, National Magazine Award, 2014
  • “The Anatomy of a Horse,” Nomination, Pushcart Press’ The Pushcart Prize for Poetry, 2013.