2018 Awards Gala

The following winners were announced at the 20th-anniversary QWF Awards Gala, which took place at the Cabaret Lion d’Or in Montreal on November 20, 2018.

Award winners

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


Winner

Hôtel Lonely Hearts (Alto) by  Dominique Fortier
Translation of
The Lonely Hearts Hotel (HarperColins) by  Heather O`Neill

shortlisted

Vague d’effroi (Linda Leith Editions) by  Rachel Martinez
Translation of
The Dead of Winter (Linda Leith Publishing) by  Peter Kirby
Petits feux (Le lézard amoureux) by  Lori Saint-Martin & Paul Gagné
Translation of
Small Fires (McGill-Queens University Press) by  Kelly Norah Drukker
Un Outrage Mortel (Flammarion Québec) by  Lori Saint-Martin & Paul Gagné
Translation of
A Great Reckoning (Minotaur Books) by  Louise Penny

Jury

Rémy Charest (Québec)
Louise Ladouceur (Galiano Island)
Elisabeth Tutschek (Montreal)

The A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry


Winner

My Ariel (Coach House Books) by  Sina Queyras

shortlisted

Museum of Kindness (Brick Books) by  Susan Elmslie
Panicle (ECW Press) by  Gillian Sze

Jury

Billy-Ray Belcourt (Edmonton)
Julie Bruck (San Francisco)
Virginia Konchan (Montreal)

The Concordia University First Book Prize

Sponsored by Concordia University

Winner

Zolitude book cover
Zolitude (Biblioasis) by  Paige Cooper

shortlisted

Policing Black Lives: State Violence In Canada from Slavery to the Present (Fernwood Publishing) by  Robyn Maynard
Excitement Tax (DC Books) by  John Emil Vincent

Jury

Sky Gilbert
Maria Francesca LoDico
Gregory Younging

The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction


Winner

In Praise of Blood (Random House Canada) by  Judi Rever

shortlisted

Policing Black Lives: State Violence In Canada from Slavery to the Present (Fernwood Publishing) by  Robyn Maynard
Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by ‘Toots’ (New Star Books) by  Erín Moure

Jury

Nigel Hunt (Toronto)
Marcello Di Cintio (Calgary)
Anne Lagacé Dowson (Montreal)

The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore

Winner

Demi-Gods (Hamish Hamilton Canada) by  Eliza Robertson

shortlisted

Zolitude (Biblioasis) by  Paige Cooper
Beirut Hellfire Society (Knopf Canada) by  Rawi Hage

Jury

Alix Hawley (Kelowna)
Jeanette Kelly (Montreal)
Corey Redekop (Fredericton)

The QWF Playwriting Prize

Sponsored by Gabriel Safdie in conjunction with Infinithéâtre

Winner

Paradise Lost (Playwrights Canada Press) by  Erin Shields

shortlisted

Sperm Count (in Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas) (Playwrights Canada Press) by  Stephen Orlov
When Memories Have Us (Segal Centre for Performing Arts) Paul Van Dyck ((Based on the original script co-written by Paul Van Dyck and Caitlin Murphy.)
Truth and Treason (Mawenzi House) by  Rahul Varma

Jury

Carmen Aguirre (Vancouver)
Alex Fallis (Toronto)
Blair Williams (Toronto)

The QWF Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford

shortlisted

The Big Bed (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) Bunmi Laditan, ill. by Tom Knight
That`s Not Hockey (Annick Press) by  Andrée Poulin, ill. By Félix Girard

Jury

Matt McCarney (Greensfeild Park)
Nadia Hohn (Toronto)
Ellen Schwartz (Burnaby)

3Macs carte blanche Prize


Winner

loss of (her)self (Issue 33) by  Alisha Dukelow

Finalists

2nd place Tracking Animal (Issue 33) by  Oana Avasilichioaei
3rd place Bow (Issue 34) by  Kaie Kellough

Jury

Madeleine Thien

Judy Mappin Community Award


Winner

Lynn Verge for her work with Atwater Library and Computer Centre

The QWF Prize for Young Writers


Winner

You, Icarus (published in The Antigonish Review) by  Emily Crompton

shortlisted

2nd place Fire (published in Locus Fall 2017, John Abbott College) by  Demetria Ekiridzo
3rd place Twenty (a play in four acts) (published in Headlight Anthology #20) by  Matteo Ciambella

Jury

Rebecca Păpacaru
Julie Paul
Mike Payette

Gala gallery

Photo credit: Kevin Calixte