Adrian Brijbassi appears frequently on CTV News Channel, TSN Radio and CJSF.ca Radio, discussing creative writing, journalism and travel. His novel “50 Mission Cap” was praised by Writer’s Digest for presenting “an impressively complex look at young athletes and the potentially disastrous effects of the pressure placed upon them.” Adrian is the editor of Vacay.ca (www.vacay.ca) and a freelance writer. He’s also a former editor at the Toronto Star, and has formerly worked at New York Newsday as an assistant news editor and the Vancouver Sun as deputy sports editor. Adrian won multiple awards for his writing while taking MFA courses at Southampton College in New York and has won six travel writing awards from NATJA, including for best destination article published in a newspaper in both 2010 and 2011. He also holds a journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a judge for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and the creator of the Original Top 50 Restaurants in Canada List.
Short Stories: Published
• *+“Scream” (Southampton Review, Issue No. 1, Summer, 2007)
• *#^“Nothing to Be Afraid Of” (Confrontation, Issue No. 84/85, Winter, 2004)
• ^“Canada Geese Mate for Life” (Confrontation, Issue No. 82/83, Summer, 2003)
• “Sharks in the Moonlight”(Proteus, Spring, 2003)
• “The Prince” (East Hampton Star, January, 2003)
• “Reject This!” (Proteus, Spring, 2002)
+Pushcart Prize nominee
*Finalist for Glimmer Train short story award
#Winner of the Sarah Tucker Prize for Fiction
^Winner of Southampton’s Whitman Award for Fiction
• “50 Mission Cap”
• “A Final and Lasting Solitude”
• “This Sure Ground”
Travel Writing Awards
- 2011 NATJA Gold and Bronze: Destination Article published in an International Newspaper with a daily circulation greater than 250,000. “Chasing the Big Five” won first place; “Freedom Found in Curacao” won third.
- 2011 NATJA Gold: Best Newspaper Series for “The Grand Tour,” shared with Jim Byers, the Toronto Star’s Travel Editor. My articles in the series include: Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, St. Petersburg and Cape Town.
- 2010 NATJA Gold and Silver: Destination Article published in an International Newspaper with a daily circulation greater than 250,000. “Beauty and the Beach in Bamfield” won first place; “Montreal’s indie music scene sizzles” was second.
- 2010 NATJA Silver: Travel Series for South Africa World Cup Preview articles.