2021 Awards Gala

The WINNERS were announced
at the 2021 QWF Awards Gala
live-streamed from the Cabaret Lion d’Or in Montreal
on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

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Award winners

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

Sponsored by the Cole Foundation

Winner

I Am a Damn Savage; What Have You Done to My Country? (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) by  Sarah Henzi
Translation of
Je suis une Maudite sauvagesse; Qu’as-tu fait de mon pays? (Mémoire d’Encrier) by  An Antane Kapesh

shortlisted

Em (Random House Canada) by  Sheila Fischman
Translation of
Em (Groupe Librex) by  Kim Thúy
Orwell in Cuba: How 1984 Came to Be Published in Castro’s Twilight (Talonbooks) by  Donald Winkler
Translation of
Avant l’Après (La Peuplade Récit) by  Frédérick Lavoie

Jury

David Bradford
Janice Flavien
David Warriner

The A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry


Winner

I Am the Big Heart (Brick Books) by  Sarah Venart

shortlisted

Because the Sun (Coach House Books) by  Sarah Burgoyne
Hell Light Flesh (Palimpsest Press) by  Klara du Plessis
The Fool (Goose Lane Editions) by  Jessie Jones

Jury

Gloria Macher
Nolan Natasha
Michael Prior

The Concordia University First Book Prize

Sponsored by Concordia University

Winner

Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press) by  Samir Shaheen-Hussain

shortlisted

Knot Body (Metatron Press) by  Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch
Ten Thousand Crossroads: The Path As I Remember It (McGill-Queen’s University Press) by  Balfour M. Mount
We, Jane (Book*hug Press) by  Aimee Wall

Jury

Nilambri Ghai
Seyward Goodhand
Shannon Webb-Campbell

The Janet Savage Blachford Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford

Winner

Room for One More (Kar-Ben Publishing) by  Monique Polak

shortlisted

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life (Second Story Press) by  Dani Jansen
Journal of a Travelling Girl (Wandering Fox (Heritage House)) by  Nadine Neema
Zee (Bouton d’or Acadie) by  Su J. Sokol

Jury

Natasha Deen
Darren Groth
Curran Jacobs

The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction


Winner

Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press) by  Samir Shaheen-Hussain

shortlisted

Peacekeeper’s Daughter: A Middle-East Memoir (Thistledown Press) by  Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt
Bent Out of Shape (Between the Lines) by  Karen Messing
Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic (Random House Canada) by  André Picard
Music, Late and Soon (Biblioasis) by  Robyn Sarah

Jury

William Dere
Ruth DyckFehderau
John Goddard

The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore

Winner

Love Like Water, Love Like Fire (Bellevue Literary Press) by  Mikhail Iossel

shortlisted

Songs for the End of the World (McClelland & Stewart) by  Saleema Nawaz
We, Jane (Book*hug Press) by  Aimee Wall
Undersong (Knopf Canada) by  Kathleen Winter

Jury

Heather Jessup
Ameen Merchant
Denis Sampson

Judy Mappin Community Award


Winner

H. Nigel Thomas for offering advice and opportunity to scores of students and writers, always with generosity, humility, and good humour
Richard King for dedicating almost 50 years of his life to serving readers, promoting books, and supporting the English-language writing community

The QWF College Writers Award

Cegep Heritage College, Champlain Regional College, Dawson College, John Abbott CEGEP/College, Marianopolis College, Vanier CEGEP/College

Winner

A Fisher’s Parade by  Julian Button-Nadon

Jury

Brad Donaldson
néné myriam konaté
Arizona O’Neill

carte blanche Prize


Winner

Tricks (published in carte blanche issue 41 (Fiction) ) by  Noa Padawer-Blatt

shortlisted

2nd place Sickness in Limbo (published in carte blanche issue 42 (Creative Nonfiction) ) by  M-X Marin
3rd place The Queue (published in carte blanche issue 40 (Fiction) ) by  Helen Chau Bradley

Jury

Gillian Sze

Gala gallery