Cassie Stocks win the Leacock Medal for Humour for her first novel, Dance, Gladys, Dance. (

Saskatchewan-based writer Cassie Stocks has won the 2013 Leacock Medal for humour for her debut novel, Dance, Gladys, Dance, published by NeWest Press.

Stocks was named winner of the $15,000 prize for Canadian humour on Thursday, beating four other writers including previous winner Terry Fallis.

Dance, Gladys, Dance is about a 27-year-old woman, a failure at life and love, who is inspired by the elderly Gladys, a ghost who once had a dream to become a dancer.

It also was nominated for the Saskatchewan Book Award for best first novel.

Her competition for this year's Leacock medal:

  • Up and Down, by Terry Fallis.
  • I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow, by Jonathan Goldstein.
  • Born Weird, by Andrew Kaufman.
  • Words to Live By, by William Whitehead.

The Leacock Medal has been criticized for having so few female winners in its 76-year history, but Stocks hit the funny bone for this year's jury.

Edmonton-born Stocks was a winner of CBC Alberta Anthology Short Fiction contest and read her story on CBC Radio One. She now lives in Eston, Sask., and completed a writing degree  from MacEwan University in 2011.

The Leacock Medal is named for Orillia, Ont., humourist Stephen Leacock, author of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.