Announcing the 2019 QWF Literary Awards Shortlist

Posted on: 1 October, 2019



Finalists to be honoured at QWF Awards Gala on November 5.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is proud to announce the shortlists for the 2019 QWF Literary Awards. The winners of these six prestigious prizes will be announced at a special gala ceremony sponsored by BMO Financial Group on Tuesday, November 5 at the Lion d’Or (1676 Ontario St. E.). Each winner will receive $3,000.

Gala tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite here, or from the QWF Office (call 514 933-0878).

This year’s finalists

Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore

Jurors: Tom Abray, Mark Frutkin, Zsuzsi Gartner

Concordia University First Book Prize

Sponsored by Concordia University

Jurors: Chantel Lavoie, Maurice Mierau, John Sweet

A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

Jurors: Amber Dawn, Ehab Lotayef, Catriona Wright

Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction

Jurors: Mark Medley, Scott Moodie, Erin Wunker

QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford

Jurors: Gillian O’Reilly, Matthew Skelton, Sarah Tsiang

Cole Foundation Prize for Translation

  • *A translation of La dévoration de fées by Catherine Lalonde (Le Quartanier)
  • **A translation of Moi aussi je voulais l’emporter by Julie Delporte (Éditions Pow Pow)
  • ***A translation of Des explosions by Mathieu Poulin (Éditions de ta mère)

Jurors: Bronwyn Averett, Simon Brown, Sonya Malaborza


Also announced at the Gala will be the winners of several other prizes, including the QWF Prize for Young Writers, which is supported by Champlain, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott, and Vanier Colleges and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. The grand prize ($1,000), second prize ($350), and third prize ($150) will be awarded to young Quebec writers between 16 and 24 years old for their published literary work written in English.

Also revealed will be the winner of the 3Macs carte blanche Prize and the name of the 2020 CBC/QWF Writer in Residence. Finally, the honourary Judy Mappin Community Award will be bestowed upon a person who has contributed to the advancement of Quebec’s English-language literary community.

The QWF Literary Awards Gala takes place on Tuesday, November 5 at the Cabaret Lion d’Or (1676 Ontario St. E.). The event will be hosted by Sonali Karnick, host of All in a Weekend on CBC Radio.

Tickets for the QWF Literary Awards Gala

The public is invited to a catered reception with the finalists preceding the Gala from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Tickets to the reception are $50 ($40 for full-time students) and include two glasses of wine, beer or non-alcoholic drink and admission to the awards ceremony, which begins at 8:00 pm.

Tickets for the ceremony alone are $25 ($10 for full-time students).

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the QWF office (, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3).

For more information please call (514) 933-0878.

More information about the shortlisted authors, including photos and book summaries, is online at the QWF Literary Database

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