2023 Awards Gala

Award winners

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

Sponsored by the Cole Foundation


To See Out the Night (QC Fiction/Baraka Books) by  Katia Grubisic
Translation of
Dormir sans tête (Éditions Héliotrope) by  David Clerson


This is How I Disappear (Drawn & Quarterly) by  Aleshia Jensen & Bronwyn Haslam
Translation of
C’est comme ça que je disparais (Éditions Pow Pow) by  Mirion Malle
Made-Up: A True Story of Beauty Culture under Late Capitalism (Coach House Books) by  Alex Manley
Translation of
Maquillée (Éditions Marchand de feuilles) by  Daphné B.
Rosa’s Very Own Personal Revolution (QC Fiction/Baraka Books) by  Peter McCambridge
Translation of
La Logeuse (Éditions Marchand de feuilles) by  Eric Dupont

The A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry

Sponsored by Byron Rempel


Wet Dream (Brick Books) by  Erin Robinsong


Dream Rooms (Book*hug Press) by  River Halen
Slows: Twice (Coach House Books) by  T. Liem

The Concordia University First Book Prize

Sponsored by Concordia University


Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, a White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation (HarperCollins Publishers) by  Andrew Stobo Sniderman & Douglas Sanderson (Amo Binashii)


Halal Sex: The Intimate Lives of Muslim Women in North America (Viking Canada) by  Sheima Benembarek
The House You Were Born In (McGill-Queen's University Press) by  Tanya Standish McIntyre
End Times (Freehand Books) by  Michelle Syba

The Ian Ferrier Spoken Word Prize


“Laughter in the Rain” by  Deb Vanslet
“All the Screams” by  Caitlin Murphy
“Survival Mechanisms” by  BeWyrd


“Stalling” by  Lucia De Luca
“when the shame smokes” by  nic lachance
“Ouff – The Land” by  Alexis O’Hara
“Buying History” by  Raïssa Simone
“Out of Space” by  Svens Telemaque

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

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford


A Boy Is Not a Ghost (Groundwood Books) by  Edeet Ravel


Witches of Brooklyn: S’More Magic (Random House Graphic) by  Sophie Escabasse
Captain Skidmark Dances with Destiny (Charlesbridge) by  Jennifer A. Irwin

The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore


Fayne (Knopf Canada) by  Ann-Marie MacDonald


Full Fadom Five (Baraka Books) by  David C.C. Bourgeois
Do You Remember Being Born? (Random House Canada) by  Sean Michaels
The Gathering (Equinox Publishing) by  Vanessa R. Sasson
Catinat Boulevard (Guernica Editions) by  Caroline Vu

Judy Mappin Community Award


Eliser Moser for her vast contributions and unwavering dedication to the literary arts in Quebec

The QWF College Writers Award


Effloresce by  Katherine Li

carte blanche Prize


“Three Disorientations” (published in carte blanche, Issue 45, 2023) by  H Felix Chau Bradley


2nd place “Relieved” (published in carte blanche, Issue 45, 2023) by  Katia Grubisic
3rd place “the cows are benevolent and full of flies” (published in carte blanche, Issue 44, 2023) by  Laura Mota-Juang



Gala video

Video by Cabaret Lion d’Or

Gala gallery

Photos by Kevin Calixte