Posted on: 26 October, 2022

Category: Events, QWF Awards, QWF College Writers Award, QWF News

Finalists to be honoured evening of November 14 at Cabaret Lion d’Or

[Montreal. October 26, 2022] The Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) has announced the finalists for the 2022 QWF College Writers Award.

Each year, the award is given to one college student in recognition of outstanding literary achievement. The winner of the 2022 award will be announced at a public gala held on Monday, November 14 at Cabaret Lion d’Or. The ceremony will begin at 8:00 p.m., preceded by a cocktail reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The finalists for the 2022 QWF College Writers Award are:

Rama Al Malah, “Rusty Keys” (Champlain College Saint-Lambert)

Rama Al Malah is a second-year health science student at Champlain College Saint-Lambert. Fascinated by politics, history, math, and science, Rama plans to pursue a career in medicine after her studies. As a Palestinian, she is familiar with the legacy of settler-colonialism and the themes of exile, displacement, and oppression. She considers her writing a form of resistance, with the goal of conveying the importance of the Palestinian cause to communities here.

Eden Andrews, “Misremembering” (Dawson College)

Eden Andrews is an aspiring poet and second-year student at Dawson College. Her poems “To A Loved One” and “A Song to Bill 96” were published in Dawson’s student-run newspaper “The Plant” and the 2022 Dawson Literary Creations Journal, respectively. She lives in Little Portugal with her mom and two dogs.

Djamila Mostefai, “When Clichés Are Okay (Dawson College)

Born in Algeria, Djamila Mostefai is an 18-year-old aspiring journalist and writer. From painting to track and field, her creativity, determination, and ambitions flow through many passions. She hopes to spend her life running marathons across the world and writing about her various experiences. 

About the QWF College Writers Award

The QWF College Writers Award is sponsored by Champlain, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott, Marianopolis, and Vanier Colleges. Each year, students from the sponsoring colleges may submit a short story, poem, or work of non-fiction written in English to be considered for the award, which will go to the best piece of writing submitted. The award includes a prize of $1,000 and publication in QWF’s online literary journal, carte blanche.

The 2022 QWF Literary Awards Gala

The QWF Literary Awards Gala takes place on Monday, November 14 at Cabaret Lion d’Or (1676 Ontario St. E.). A catered cocktail reception, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will precede the ceremony, which begins at 8:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by poet and performer Rachel McCrum.

The Gala will also unveil the winners of several other awards, including the Judy Mappin Community Award, the carte blanche Prize, and the prestigious QWF Literary Awards, including the new QWF Spoken Word Prize. The finalists for the awards were announced on October 17.

The theme for this year’s gala is “Complex Times: When Nothing Is Black and White.” Attendees are invited to get in the spirit of the theme by dressing up in anything but black and white. Wear your brightest, most vibrant array of colours, or dress in your many shades of grey. Those who participate will have their names entered into a draw for a special prize.

Attending the Gala

The public is invited to both the cocktail reception and the awards ceremony.  

Tickets to the reception are $50 ($40 for full-time students) and include two glasses of wine, beer, or non-alcoholic drink and admission to the awards ceremony. Tickets for the ceremony alone are $25 ($10 for full-time students). For the ceremony, doors open to the public at 7:30 p.m.

Buying Tickets to the Gala

All tickets can be purchased online by visiting Tickets can also be purchased through the QWF office by appointment (514-933-0878,, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3).

For more information about the event, visit or email

For information about the shortlisted authors, including photos and book summaries, visit the QWF Literary Database at


Gina Roitman

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