The 2020 QWF Literary Awards Calls for Submissions Are Now Open!

Posted on: 30 March, 2020

Category: QWF Awards, QWF News

A NOTE TO PUBLISHERS AND SUBMITTERS:

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The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the calls for submissions for the 2020 QWF Awards. 

At the 22nd QWF Gala in November 2020, QWF will award seven prizes of $3000 each to honour excellence in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, first book, translation, playwriting, and children’s and young adult literature. The prizes will be awarded at this year’s QWF Gala, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at Le Lion d’Or. Save the date!

Please find below links for individual Calls for Submissions and corresponding Submission Forms for each of the prizes. It is essential that you read the details of the call for submissions to ensure the book is eligible. The book or books must be submitted with a complete Submission Form and a non-refundable fee of $25 per book submitted. 

Submitters, please read the appropriate call for submissions carefully, as the eligibility criteria have been slightly modified over the past couple of years.

Those who are submitting a book for the Concordia University First Book Prize, you may simultaneously submit the book for the fiction, non-fiction or poetry prize, but you must complete the two separate forms for the prizes you’re submitting to and pay two separate submission fees.

Please scroll down for a list of the seven QWF Literary Awards and for direct access to each Call for Submissions and Submission Form. Or, click on the Awards Overview button for general information on each prize.

We wish you luck, and hope to see you in November, if not before!


The 2020 QWF Literary Awards

The A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction

The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Sponsored by Paragraphe Bookstore

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.

If applying for two awards (i.e. First Book & Fiction), please note that 8 copies must be posted.

Prix de traduction de la Fondation Cole: anglais-français

Le prix de 2020 sera remis à un livre traduit de l’anglais au français. En 2021, le prix sera remis à un livre traduit du français à l’anglais.) 

The QWF Prize for Playwriting

Sponsored by Gabriel Safdie, in conjunction with Infinithéâtre

This prize is awarded in even-numbered years to a play published or produced during the two previous years.

The QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature:
Picture Books with Text and Beginner Readers

Sponsored in memory of Janet Savage Blachford

This year, the prize will be awarded to the author of the eligible book of fiction, non-fiction or poetry in the sub-category of picture books and books for beginning readers. Longer chapter books, middle-grade and young adult literature published this year and next may be submitted next year for the 2021 QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.


The QWF gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our Awards sponsors: