Alan CumynGiven for excellence in a body of work for young people, the Vicky Metcalf Award is one of 10 annual prizes awarded by the Writers’ Trust. “Brilliantly exceeding the standards of fiction for the young, Cumyn’s novels for teenagers and children alike show a sure-handed mix of humour, poetry, and melancholy, and an abiding commitment to a young person’s viewpoint.” – Vicky Metcalf award citation

Author of the award-winning Owen Skye children’s series and several novels for adults and young adults, Cumyn’s latest young adult novel is Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend (Atheneum, 2016). His work has also been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Giller Prize, and the Trillium Award. Learn more at