Ottawa Book Award

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Ottawa Book Award and Prix du livre d'Ottawa is a Canadian literary award presented by the City of Ottawa to the best English and French language books written in the previous year by a living author residing in Ottawa.[1] There are 4 awards each year: English fiction and non-fiction (the Ottawa Book Awards); French fiction and non-fiction (Prix du livre d'Ottawa). As of 2011 the four prize winners receive $7,500 each and short-listed authors $1,000 each.[1] The award was founded in 1986. In its earlier years it was named the Ottawa-Carleton Book Awards.

Past winners have included Gabriella Goliger (2011),[2] Craig Poile and Andrew Horrall (2010),[3] and Rose Potvin (1993).[4]

Past winners of the Ottawa Book Awards include David O’Meara, Paul Wells, Jamieson Findlay, Elizabeth Hay, Roy MacGregor, Brian Doyle and Frances Itani. Past winners of the Prix du livre d’Ottawa include Philippe Bernier Arcand, Estelle Beauchamp, Daniel Poliquin, Margaret Michèle Cook and Maurice Henrie. (Source:


  1. ^ a b 2011 Guidelines for Authors and Publishers, Ottawa Book Awards website
  2. ^ "Old Ottawa South resident awarded for Girl Unwrapped." (2011, November 4). Ottawa This Week West [Ottawa, Ontario], p. 1. Gale Document Number: GALE|A272194183
  3. ^ "Ottawa book awards honour works by poile, horrall, rochon; authors receive recognition for poetry, non-fiction, french fiction." (2010, Oct 30). The Ottawa Citizen. Database: ProQuest Newsstand. ProQuest document ID: 761372961
  4. ^ Heward, B. (1993, May 01). "Authors share ottawa-carleton fiction awards." The Ottawa Citizen, pp. 0-F4. Database: ProQuest Newsstand. ProQuest document ID: 239763990

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