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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Dominoes at the Crossroads (Véhicule Press/Esplanade Book) by  Kaie Kellough
Albumen (Arts Court Theatre) by  Mishka Lavigne
A Common Name for Everything (Green Writers Press) by  Sarah Wolfson
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



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



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



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



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



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



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
Niko (Véhicule Press, Esplanade Books) by  Dimitri Nasrallah