2019 Awards Gala

The 2019 QWF Literary Awards Gala took place on Tuesday, November 5 at the Cabaret Lion d’Or (1676 Ontario St. E, Montreal). The event was hosted by Sonali Karnick, host of All in a Weekend on CBC Radio.

Award winners

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

Sponsored by the Cole Foundation

Winner

The Faerie Devouring (Book*hug) by  Oana Avasilichioaei
Translation of
La dévoration des fées (Le Quartanier) by  Catherine Lalonde

shortlisted

This Woman’s Work (Drawn & Quarterly) by  Helge Dascher and Aleshia Jensen
Translation of
Explosions (QC Fiction (Baraka Books)) by  Aleshia Jensen
Translation of
Des explosions (Éditions de ta mère) by  Mathieu Poulin

Jury

Bronwyn Averett
Simon Brown
Sonya Malaborza

The A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry


Winner

Obits. (Coach House Books) by  Tess Liem

shortlisted

Magnetic Equator (McClelland & Stewart) by  Kaie Kellough

Jury

Amber Dawn
Ehab Lotayef
Catriona Wright

The Concordia University First Book Prize

Sponsored by Concordia University

Winner

nîtisânak (Metonymy Press) by  Lindsay Nixon

shortlisted

The Birds That Stay (Second Story Press) by  Ann Lambert
Seeker: A Sea Odyssey (Guernica Editions) by  Rita Pomade
We Were Like Everyone Else (Cormorant Books) by  Ken Victor

Jury

Chantel Lavoie
Maurice Mierau
John Sweet

The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction


Winner

The Ghost Garden (Random House Canada) by  Susan Doherty

shortlisted

The Organist (University of Regina Press) by  Mark Abley
nîtisânak (Metonymy Press) by  Lindsay Nixon

Jury

Mark Medley
Scott Moodie
Erin Wunker

The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore

Winner

The Teardown (Véhicule Press) by  David Homel

shortlisted

Churchill at Munich (The Métropolitan Press) by  Michael Carin
A Joy To Be Hidden (Linda Leith Publishing) by  Ariela Freedman
I’ll Never Tell (Simon & Schuster Canada) by  Catherine McKenzie

Jury

Tom Abray
Mark Frutkin
Zsuzsi Gartner

The QWF Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford

Winner

shortlisted

In Which (Broken Rules Press) by  Louise Carson

Jury

Gillian O'Reilly
Matthew Skelton
Sarah Tsiang

3Macs carte blanche Prize

Sponsored by 3Macs/Raymond James

Winner

The Aquanauts (Issue 35) by  Eliza Robertson

Finalists

On killing a spider (Issue 35) by  Maria Camila Arias
My (Your) Home Movie (Issue 35) by  Alexei Perry Cox

Jury

Alessandra Naccarato

Judy Mappin Community Award


Winner

Louis Rastelli for his work championing underground publishing and dedicated service to Montreal's independent writing community

The QWF Prize for Young Writers

Supported by Le Conseil des arts de Montréal and Champlain, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott and Vanier Colleges

Winner

Head of Heaven (published in Footprints) by  François Provencher

shortlisted

2nd place As Bodies Fall (published in CBC Books) by  Benjamin Wexler
3rd place We Should Change the Curtains (published in Soliloquies Anthology) by  Curtis McRae

Jury

Justin Lauzon
Jason Selman
Shannon Webb-Campbell