The QWF Literary Awards

Each year, QWF shines a spotlight on the best English-language literary work to emerge from Quebec. Established in 1988 under the name “The QSPELL Awards,” the name changed to “The QWF Awards” in 1998, when QSPELL and its sister organization FEWQ (Federation of English-language Writers of Quebec) joined forces to create The Quebec Writers’ Federation. The Awards have gone from an initial offering of three prizes, for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, to seven, including First Book (added in 1996), Translation (1998), Children’s and Young Adult Literature (2008), and Playwriting (2018). For each genre, a three-person jury is formed each year from across Canada, and the prize is $3,000.

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2021


Winner

Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press) by  Samir Shaheen-Hussain
Love Like Water, Love Like Fire (Bellevue Literary Press) by  Mikhail Iossel
I Am a Damn Savage; What Have You Done to My Country? (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) by  Sarah Henzi
Room for One More (Kar-Ben Publishing) by  Monique Polak
Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press) by  Samir Shaheen-Hussain
I Am the Big Heart (Brick Books) by  Sarah Venart

2020


Winner

Éclipse électrique (Éditions du Boréal) by  Benoît Laflamme
The Three Brothers (Groundwood Books) by  Marie-Louise Gay
The Danger Model (McGill-Queen's University Press) by  Madelaine Caritas Longman
A Common Name for Everything (Green Writers Press) by  Sarah Wolfson
Albumen (Arts Court Theatre) by  Mishka Lavigne
Dominoes at the Crossroads (Véhicule Press/Esplanade Book) by  Kaie Kellough

2019


Winner

The Teardown (Véhicule Press) by  David Homel
nîtisânak (Metonymy Press) by  Lindsay Nixon
The Ghost Garden (Random House Canada) by  Susan Doherty
Obits. (Coach House Books) by  Tess Liem

2018


Winner

In Praise of Blood (Random House Canada) by  Judi Rever
Demi-Gods (Hamish Hamilton Canada) by  Eliza Robertson
My Ariel (Coach House Books) by  Sina Queyras
Paradise Lost (Playwrights Canada Press) by  Erin Shields
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Zolitude (Biblioasis) by  Paige Cooper

2016


Winner

Solomon Gursky (Éditions du Boréal) by  Lori Saint-Martin et Paul Gagné
Small Fires (McGill-Queen's University Press) by  Kelly Norah Drukker
A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age (Allen Lane Canada, Penguin Random House Canada) by  Daniel J. Levitin
The Measure of Darkness (Bellevue Literary Press) by  Liam Durcan
Small Fires (McGill-Queen's University Press) by  Kelly Norah Drukker

2014


Winner

M x T (Coach House Books) by  Sina Queyras
Hate Mail (Orca Book Publishers) by  Monique Polak
Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing) by  Anna Leventhal
The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was (Knopf Canada) by  Chantal Hébert with Jean Lapierre
Us Conductors (Random House Canada) by  Sean Michaels

2013


Winner

Bone and Bread (House of Anansi Press) by  Saleema Nawaz
The Civic-Mindedness of Trees (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers) by  Ken Howe
Undercurrent (Doubleday Canada) by  Paul Blackwell
The Major Verbs (Véhicule Press) by  Donald Winkler
The Barista and I (Insomniac Press: Serotonin/Wayside) by  Andrew Szymanski

2012


Winner

26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 (James Lorimer & Co. Ltd.) by  Catherine Austen
Straphanger (HarperCollins Canada) by  Taras Grescoe
We, Beasts (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers) by  Oana Avasilichioaei
Carnival (House of Anansi Press) by  Rawi Hage