2014 Awards Gala

On November 18, 2014, 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 celebrated author and founding Artistic Director of Kingston WritersFest Merilyn Simonds. She led the event in a special tribute to “Great Women of Words” Maya Angelou, Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro. QWF’s online literary journal, carte blanche, celebrated its 10th anniversary that night.

Award winners

The A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry

Sponsored by Richard Pound, in memory of his brother Robert

Winner

M x T (Coach House Books) by  Sina Queyras

shortlisted

Here In There (BookThug) by  Angela Carr
Needs Improvement (Coach House Books) by  Jon Paul Fiorentino
Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press) by  Gillian Sze

Jury

Sue Elmslie
Sue Goyette
Daniel Zomparelli

The Concordia University First Book Prize


Winner

Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing) by  Anna Leventhal

shortlisted

Us Conductors (Random House Canada) by  Sean Michaels
Palawan Story (Deux Voiliers Publishing) by  Caroline Vu

Jury

Licia Canton
Johanna Skibsrud
John Steffler

The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction


Winner

The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was (Knopf Canada) by  Chantal Hébert with Jean Lapierre

shortlisted

The Bells of Memory (Linda Leith Publishing) by  Issa J. Boullata
The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging (Princeton University Press) by  Margaret Lock

Jury

Lars Lih
George Sipos
Felix von Geyer

The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore

Winner

Us Conductors (Random House Canada) by  Sean Michaels

shortlisted

I’m Not Scared of You or Anything (Anvil Press) by  Jon Paul Fiorentino
New Tab (Véhicule Press/Esplanade Books) by  Guillaume Morissette

Jury

Luna Allison
Anakana Schofield
Kent Stetson

The QWF Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Sponsored by Janet and John Blachford

Winner

Hate Mail (Orca Book Publishers) by  Monique Polak

shortlisted

Any Questions? (Groundwood Books) by  Marie-Louise Gay
Straight Punch (Orca Book Publishers) by  Monique Polak

Jury

Penny Fransblow
Robert Priest
Farida Zaman

3Macs carte blanche Prize


Winner

“It’s Late, Doctor Schweitzer” by Didier Leclair (Issue 20) Translated by Elaine Kennedy and Sheryl Curtis

Finalists

2nd place Dung Beetle (Issue 22) by  Larissa Andrusyshyn
3rd place The Dad Was Drinking (Issue 20) by  Mark Paterson

Jury

Lisa Moore

Judy Mappin Community Award


Winner

Elizabeth Macdonnell for her longstanding dedication to fostering a love of learning, literacy, and the English language during her work with the Montreal Children's Library

QWC Reader's Choice Prize


Winner

Breath by  Josée Lafrenière

Quebec Writing Competition prizes


Winner

The Glass Man by  Allegra McKenzie

Shortlisted

Open Bay by  James Dunnigan

Gala video