October 30, 2023 (Montreal, QC) — The Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2023 carte blanche Prize.
The carte blanche Prize is awarded once a year in recognition of an outstanding submission to QWF’s online literary journal, carte blanche, by a Quebec writer, artist, or translator. Winners receive a cash prize and a unique trophy—“The Lori”—created by Montreal artist Glen LeMesurier.
The winner of the 2023 prize will be announced at the QWF Literary Awards Gala on Monday, November 13 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 2023 carte blanche Prize Finalists
H Felix Chau Bradley
“Three Disorientations” (Fiction)
Issue 45, 2023
Photo: Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch
Issue 45, 2023
Translated from Marie-Claire Blais’s Augustino ou l’illumination (Éditions du Boréal, 2022)
Photo: J. Parr
“the cows are benevolent and full of flies” (Poetry)
Issue 44, 2023
Photo: Jean-Michel Moreau
The 2023 carte blanche Prize Juror
Avleen K. Mokha, also known as Mirabel, is an award-winning poet based in Montreal. Originally from Mumbai, India, Mirabel holds a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics from McGill University. The 2019 winner of McGill’s Peterson Memorial Prize for Creative Writing, Mirabel has had her poems featured in carte blanche, Yolk Literary, Dream Pop, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and more.
Her writing has been supported by the Quebec Writers’ Federation Fresh Pages Diversity Initiative, and her critically acclaimed debut poetry chapbook, Dream Fragments, was
published by Cactus Press in the fall of 2020. Her first full-length collection, The Vanishing Act (& The Miracle After), was published by Guernica Editions in June 2023.
Photo: Tam Lan Truong
The 2023 QWF Awards Gala
The winner of the carte blanche Prize will be announced at the 25th QWF Awards Gala on Monday, November 13.
Also at the gala will be announced the winners of the 2023 QWF Literary Awards in fiction, non-fiction, first book, translation, poetry, spoken word, and children’s and young adult literature.
The gala is open to the public and tickets are now available for purchase. A cocktail reception will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m.
Tickets to the reception are $60 ($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).
The carte blanche Prize is sponsored by Mark Gallop
John Wickham, Communications Officer