The Concordia University First Book Prize

QWF is proud to have its First Book Prize sponsored by Concordia University, which offers the only BA and MA English-language Creative Writing programs in Quebec.

2019 submissions closed

Sponsored by Concordia University

Submissions are closed. The shortlist will be announced in mid-October.

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2018

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

2017

Sponsored by Concordia University

Winner

Uncertain Weights book cover
Uncertain Weights and Measures (Goose Lane Editions) by  Jocelyn Parr

shortlisted

Arabic for Beginners (Linda Leith Publishing) by  Ariela Freedman
The Golem of Hampstead and Other Stories (Penny-a-Page Press) by  J. Jacob Potashnik

Jury

Marilyn Bowering
Adrian Harewood
Alexia Moyer

2016

Sponsored by Concordia University

Winner

Small Fires (McGill-Queen's University Press) by  Kelly Norah Drukker

shortlisted

Sleeping Giants (Del Rey (New York)) by  Sylvain Neuvel
Indigenous Writes (HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press)) by  Chelsea Vowel

Jury

Louise Bernice Halfe
Gillian Jerome
Maria Schamis Turner

2015


Winner

shortlisted

Giving Up (BookThug) by  Mike Steeves
The View North from Liberal Cemetery (Wapiti Press) by  Joel Wapnick

Jury

Jane Eaton Hamilton
Ross Leckie
Lesley Trites

2014


Winner

Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing) by  Anna Leventhal

shortlisted

Us Conductors (Random House Canada) by  Sean Michaels
Palawan Story (Deux Voiliers Publishing) by  Caroline Vu

Jury

Licia Canton
Johanna Skibsrud
John Steffler

2013


Winner

The Barista and I (Insomniac Press: Serotonin/Wayside) by  Andrew Szymanski

shortlisted

The Girls of Piazza d’Amore (Linda Leith Publishing) by  Connie Guzzo-McParland
The Water Here is Never Blue (Viking Canada) by  Shelagh Plunkett

Jury

Brian Brett
Helen Humphreys
David McGimpsey

2012


Winner

shortlisted

Pollen (DC Books) by  Tom Abray
Waking in the Tree House (Cormorant Books) by  Michael Lithgow

Jury

Arthur Holden
Olive Senior
Amy Shearn

2011


Winner

shortlisted

A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People (Coach House Books) by  Gabe Foreman
Spat the Dummy (Anvil Press) by  Ed Macdonald

Jury

Anita Lahey
David Manicom
Dorota Kozinska

2010

then known as QWF First Book Prize

Winner

The Empire Within (Mc-Gill Queen's University Press) by  Sean Mills

shortlisted

Mammoth (DC Books) by  Larissa Andrusyshyn
YOU Comma Idiot (Goose Lane Editions) by  Doug Harris

Jury

Kerry Clare
Mark Heffernan
Jill Rolliins

2009

then known as McAuslan First Book Prize

Winner

The Cello Suites (House of Anansi Press) by  Eric Siblin

shortlisted

Fish Bones (DC Books) by  Gillian Sze
Ruins and Relics (NeWest Press) by  Alice Zorn

Jury

Wayne Johnston
Stan Persky
Fred Wah

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