2013 Awards Gala

On November 19, 2013, in honour of its 15th Anniversary, the Quebec Writers’ Federation held a literary star-studded cocktail dînatoire, which preceded the Gala. The annual Awards Gala took place at the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre in Montreal and was sponsored by BMO Financial Group. The event was hosted by playwright, novelist, actor and broadcast journalist Ann-Marie MacDonald. Six literary prizes, the 3Macs carte blanche Prize, and the winners and honorary mentions of the 2013 Quebec Writing Competition were presented.

Award winners

Le Prix de traduction de la Fondation Cole / The Cole Foundation Prize for Translation


Winner

The Major Verbs (Véhicule Press) by  Donald Winkler
Translation of
Les Verbes majeurs (Éditions du Noroît) by  Pierre Nepveu

shortlisted

Judith’s Sister (Talon Books) by  Linda Gaboriau
Translation of
La Soeur de Judith (Les Éditions du Boréal) by  Lise Tremblay
Mai at the Predators’ Ball (House of Anansi Press) by  Nigel Spencer
Translation of
Mai au bal des prédateurs (Les Éditions du Boréal) by  Marie-Claire Blais

The A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry

Sponsored by Richard Pound, in memory of his brother Robert

Winner

The Civic-Mindedness of Trees (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers) by  Ken Howe

shortlisted

The Sunrise Liturgy: A Poem Sequence (Wipf and Stock Publishers) by  Mia Anderson
Conjure (Rebel Satori Press) by  Peter Dubé

Jury

Mary Dalton
Susan Gillis
Mark Tredinnick

The Concordia University First Book Prize


Winner

The Barista and I (Insomniac Press: Serotonin/Wayside) by  Andrew Szymanski

shortlisted

The Girls of Piazza d’Amore (Linda Leith Publishing) by  Connie Guzzo-McParland
The Water Here is Never Blue (Viking Canada) by  Shelagh Plunkett

Jury

Brian Brett
Helen Humphreys
David McGimpsey

The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction


Winner

shortlisted

Slouching Towards Sirte (Baraka Books) by  Maximillian Forte
The Water Here is Never Blue (Viking Canada) by  Shelagh Plunkett

Jury

Maya Khankhoje
Ken McGoogan
Larry Scanlan

The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore

Winner

Bone and Bread (House of Anansi Press) by  Saleema Nawaz

shortlisted

World of Glass (Quattro Books Inc.) by  Jocelyne Dubois
Beach Reading (Acorn Press) by  Lorne Elliott

Jury

Katherine Govier
Edeet Ravel
Guy Sprung

The QWF Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature


Winner

Undercurrent (Doubleday Canada) by  Paul Blackwell

shortlisted

Desperate Freedom (Brian Wrixon Books) by  Melinda Cochrane
The Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan (Cape Breton University Press) by  Anne Renaud

Jury

JonArno Lawson
Horace I. Goddard
Alice Kuipers
Maya Munro Byers

3Macs carte blanche Prize


Winner

Bluefooted (Issue 19) by  Juliet Waters

Finalists

2nd place Finding Snow in Wyoming (Issue 18) by  Lindsay Foran
3rd place Death in the Midden by Nicolas Chalifour (Issue 17) Translated by Caitlin Stall Paquet

Jury

Nina Bunjevac

Judy Mappin Community Award


Winner

Founding Members of FEWQ, QSPELL, and QWF for their their activism and longstanding commitment to the English-language writing community of Quebec

QWC Reader's Choice Prize


Winner

The Drought of Eighty-Seven by  Louisa Sage

Quebec Writing Competition prizes


Winner

Agnosis by  Steven Manners

Shortlisted

Corporate Citizen by  Cora Siré

Gala video

Video footage of the 2013 QWF Awards by carefulMEDIA

Gala gallery

Photo credit: Joseph Ste. Maie