The Leslie K. Tarr Award

This award recognizes a major career contribution to Christian writing and publishing in Canada.

Leslie K. Tarr

Leslie K TarrNamed in honour of its first recipient, the late Leslie K. Tarr.  Leslie K. 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.


– Canadian Citizen
– Affirms The Apostles Creed
– 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 criteria.


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 cash prize. The Tarr Award was sponsored from 2005-20 by Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto.

Nomination Form

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please fill in the online form indicating who you are nominating and giving details why/how you feel this person meets the requirements. Your entry should also include brief background information about yourself and your relationship, if any, to the person you are nominating. Feel free to enclose any supporting documentation, such as clippings, reviews, the nominee‘s CV, etc. Nominations are not restricted to members of The Word Guild.

Nominations may be submitted at any time for consideration for future awards.
Complete the Online Nomination Form and send any additional information as required above to:
Tarr Award, The Word Guild, Box 77001, Markham ON L3P 0C8

Previous Winners

2020 Winner:

Michael O’Brien, Novelist


 2019 Winner:

Dr. Deborah C. Bowen, Professor Emerita of English

Glen Argan_2018 leslie k tarr winner 2018 Winner:

Glen Argan Newspaper Editor, Journalist, Professor

 Brian Stiller - Leslie K Tarr Winner

2017 Winner: Brian Stiller, Author/Speaker/Blogger/ Broadcaster  Founder of Faith Today magazine.

james-houston.jpg,q1414797824.pagespeed.ce.PmOstDdssa 2016 Winner Dr. James Houston, professor/writer

2014 Winner

Katie Funk Wiebe, professor, writer

jean_vanier 2012 Winner Jean Vanier, Philosopher, Theologian, Humanitarian ji-packer.jpg,q1414798060.pagespeed.ce.YPgvHmZUQn 2011 Winner J.I. Packer, theologian JeanLittle 2010 Winner Jean Little, Story Teller
Ray Wiseman 2009 Winner Ray Wiseman Novelist/Columnist/Freelance Writer Connie Brummel Crook 2008 Winner Connie Brummel Crook, novelist, teacher Ruby Wiebe 2007 Winner Rudy Wiebe, novelist, nonfiction author & teacher Lloyd Mackey 2006 Winner Lloyd Mackey, journalist, author & publisher
Bob Harvey 2006 Winner Bob Harvey, journalist Margaret Avison 2005 Winner Margaret Avison, poet Janette Oke 2004 Winner Janette Oke, novelist Margaret A. Epp 2003 Winner Margaret A. Epp, teacher/author/minister
2002 Winner Grace Irwin, teacher/author/minister 2001 Winner Larry Matthews, editor/writer/consultant 2000 Winner Doug Koop, editor/journalist 1999 Winner Audrey Dorsch, editor/writer
1998 Winner Jim Taylor, editor/author/publisher 1997 Winner Hugh Cook, professor/author 1996 Winner W. Harold Fuller, writer/author 1995 Winner John White, author
1994 Winner Phyllis Mitchell, columnist/author 1993 Winner Harold Jantz, founder/editor, Christian Week 1992 Winner E. Margaret Clarkson, poet/author/hymnwriter 1990 Winner Maxine Hancock, professor/broadcaster/author
1989 Winner John H. Redekop, professor/author Leslie K. Tarr 1988 Winner Leslie K. Tarr, writer/editor/author