This award recognizes a major career contribution to Christian writing and publishing in Canada.
The late Les Tarr, seminary professor, pastor, and journalist was one of the first editors of Faith Today, former Canadian Director of the Decision magazine, and a prolific contributor to a wide variety of secular and Christian publications. The Reverend Tarr also authored biography, Shields of Canada, and despite disability and many years of painful illness, Les Tarr was a much-published and respected writer who remains an inspiration to us all.
The Tarr Award was created and administered from 1988 to 2001 by Faith Today magazine and its publisher, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. The Word Guild assumed responsibility for administering the Tarr Award in 2002. Beginning in 2004, the engraved plaque was augmented with a $500 cash prize.
Named in honour of its first recipient, the late Leslie K. Tarr – a journalist, editor, and teacher – the Leslie K. Tarr Award celebrates a major career contribution to Christian writing and publishing in Canada. Specifically, the award recognizes a Canadian citizen who affirms the Apostles’ Creed and who has:
– demonstrated excellence in his or her own writing;
– contributed to the development of Christian writing and writers in Canada;
– helped position the church in Canadian society, leading to better understanding of Christianity.
Candidates must meet all three of these criteria.