The QWF Prize for Young Writers

Established in 2017, The QWF Prize for Young Writers is awarded each year to an emerging writer who is a resident of Quebec and who is between 16 and 24 years old. The prize goes to the author of the best short story, poem, or work of non-fiction written in English and published in an official literary publication during the previous calendar year. Work can be submitted either by the author or by the journal in which the submission was published, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per publication or writer.

2019 submissions closed

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

Submissions are closed. The shortlist will be announced at the beginning of November.

Winners archive

Winners are selected by a new jury of three each year.

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


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


Rebecca Păpacaru
Julie Paul
Mike Payette



Artemsia Absinthum (published in Headlight Anthology, Concordia University) by  Nicola Sibthorpe


2nd place Macramé (published in the Lester B. Pearson School Board Autism Spectrum Network News) by  Tyrell Dueryny
3rd place And They Lived (published in Inklette) by  Sophie Panzer


Sarah Burgoyne
Heather Jessup
Garry Thomas Morse

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