Steven Mayoff

Steven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal and has made Prince Edward Island his home since 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in journals across Canada and the US, as well as in Ireland, Algeria, France, the U.K. and Croatia.

He has had three books published: the story collection
Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press, 2009), which won a 2010 PEI Book Award, the novel Our Lady Of Steerage (B&B, 2015,) and the poetry chapbook Leonard’s Flat (Grey Borders Books, 2018). Upcoming is a full-length poetry collection Swinging Between Water and Stone, to be published by Guernica Editions in 2019.

Steven has also written lyrics, librettos and collaborated on scripts for radio and the stage.

Awards and Nominations

Bang Bang Chicken Salad (short story)
Runner-up for the 2017 Victoria Literary Festival Short Story Contest

Fatted Calf Blues (story collection)
  • Winner of the 2010 PEI Book Award for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for 2010 ReLit Award
  • Top 5 Finalist 2011 CBC Cross-County Bookshelf
The Dim Sum Of Its Parts (screenplay)
Winner of the 2009 WILDsound One-Page Screenplay Contest

Destinations and Departures (early novel draft of Our Lady of Steerage)
Top 100 Semi-Finalist for the 2008 Amazon Breakout Novel Award

Youkali Poems (poetry cycle)
Second Place 2006 Atlantic Writing Competition

Mariasse (portion of early novel draft of Our Lady of Steerage)
Winner of the 2003 David Adams Richards Prize for a portion of novel

Swingstep (musical)
2000 Dora Mavor Moore Award Outstanding New Musical nomination as lyricist