2015 Awards Gala

The 17th QWF Awards Gala took place on Wednesday, November 18 at the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre in Montreal. The gala was hosted by author Adam Leith Gollner and the first annual CBC/QWF Writer-in-Residence was named.

Thank you to everyone who attended! We hope you had a wonderful time.

Award winners

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


Turkey and the Armenian Ghost: On the Trail of the Genocide (McGill-Queen's University Press) by  Debbie Blythe
Translation of
La Turquie et le fantôme arménien: sur les traces du genocide (Actes Sud) by  Laure Marchand et Guillaume Perrier


As Always (Talonbooks) by  Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott
Translation of
Depuis Toujours (Les Éditions du Boréal) by  Madeleine Gagnon
Mãn (Penguin Random House Canada) by  Sheila Fischman
Translation of
Mãn (Libre Expression) by  Kim Thuy

The A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry

Sponsored by Richard Pound, in memory of his brother Robert


Asbestos Heights (Coach House Books) by  David McGimpsey


Hyena Subpoena (Wired on Words/Popolo Press) by  Catherine Kidd
Kapusta (House of Anansi Press) by  Erín Moure

The Concordia University First Book Prize



Giving Up (BookThug) by  Mike Steeves
The View North from Liberal Cemetery (Wapiti Press) by  Joel Wapnick

The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction


The Permanent Nature of Everything: A Memoir (McGill-Queen's University Press) by  Judith Cowan
Boundless (House of Anansi Press) by  Kathleen Winter

The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore


Boo (Knopf Canada) by  Neil Smith


Daydreams of Angels (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.) by  Heather O'Neill
No Safeguards (Guernica Editions Inc.) by  H. Nigel Thomas

3Macs carte blanche Prize


Self-Serve (Issue 24) by  Deborah Van Slet


2nd place Old Shit I Still Feel Guilty About (Issue 23) by  Cathon
3rd place Holy Treasures (Issue 23) by  Deborah Ostrovsky


Kathleen Winter

Judy Mappin Community Award


Maya Munro Byers for the invaluable care and advice she has given to book lovers and writers, and for her role in instilling a love of literature in throngs of children

Gala video