Quebec Writers' Federation Awards

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The Quebec Writers' Federation Awards are a series of Canadian literary awards, presented annually by the Quebec Writers' Federation to the best works of literature in English by writers from Quebec. They were known from 1988 to 1998 as the QSPELL Awards.


They are currently presented in seven literary categories:

  • Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction,
  • Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction
  • A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry
  • Concordia University First Book Prize
  • QWF Prize for Children's & Young Adult Literature
  • Cole Foundation Prize for Translation (French and English, with target language alternating each year)
  • 3Macs Carte Blanche Prize for the best work published in the QWF's online literary journal Carte Blanche.

A Community Award is also frequently presented to a person who has played a significant role in building and supporting Quebec's anglophone writing community.

The awards have been presented annually since 1988.

Winners by year[edit]
























  • Fiction: Miguel Syjuco, Illustrado
  • Non-fiction: Cleo Paskal, Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map
  • Poetry: Kate Hall, The Certainty Dream
  • First Book: Sean Mills, The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal
  • Translation: Paule Champoux, Québec, ville du patrimoine mondial (David Mendel, Quebec, World Heritage City)
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature: Caryl Cude Mullin, Rough Magic
  • Community: Ilona Martonfi
  • Carte Blanche Prize: Mark Paterson, Something Important and Delicate


  • Fiction: Dimitri Nasrallah, Niko
  • Non-fiction: Joel Yanofsky, Bad Animals: A Father's Accidental Education in Autism
  • Poetry: Gabe Foreman, A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People
  • First Book: Ann Scowcroft, The Truth of Houses
  • Translation: Lazer Lederhendler, Apocalypse for Beginners (Nicolas Dickner, Tarmac)
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature: Alan Silberberg, Milo
  • Community: Endre Farkas
  • Carte Blanche Prize: Gillian Sze, Like This Together


  • Fiction: Rawi Hage, Carnival
  • Non-fiction: Taras Grescoe, Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
  • Poetry: Oana Avasilichioaei, We, Beasts
  • First Book: Alice Petersen, All The Voices Cry
  • Translation: Éric Fontaine, T'es con, point (Doug Harris, YOU Comma Idiot)
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature: Catherine Austen, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6
  • Community: Steve Luxton
  • Carte Blanche Prize: Heather Davis, Aria


  • Fiction: Saleema Nawaz, Bone and Bread
  • Non-fiction: Adam Leith Gollner, The Book of Immortality
  • Poetry: Ken Howe, The Civic-Mindedness of Trees
  • First Book: Andrew Szymanski, The Barista and I
  • Translation: Donald Winkler, The Major Verbs
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature: Paul Blackwell, Undercurrent
  • Carte Blanche Prize: Juliet Waters, Bluefooted



  • Fiction: Neil Smith, Boo
  • Non-fiction: Carlos Fraenkel, Teaching Plato in Palestine: Philosophy in a Divided World
  • Poetry: David McGimpsey, Asbestos Heights
  • First Book: Anita Anand, Swing in the House and Other Stories
  • Translation: Debbie Blythe, Turkey and the Armenian Ghost: On the Trail of the Genocide
  • Carte Blanche Prize: Deborah Van Slet, Self-Serve







  1. ^ a b c "Montrealers win English Quebec literary awards". Montreal Gazette, November 5, 1988.
  2. ^ a b c "Three writers win QSPELL prizes". Montreal Gazette, November 4, 1989.
  3. ^ a b c Mark Abley, "Richler wins QSPELL award for epic novel". Montreal Gazette, November 17, 1990.
  4. ^ a b c Bryan Demchinsky, "Kenneth Radu wins MacLennan Prize; Look at suburban family life wins QSPELL's fiction award". Montreal Gazette, November 16, 1991.
  5. ^ a b c "Women win two of three QSPELLs: Naomi Guttman takes the poetry award". The Globe and Mail, November 30, 1992.
  6. ^ a b c Bryan Demchinsky, "Vehicule Press wins 2 QSPELL awards; Ralph Gustafson, 84, wins poetry prize from writers' group". Montreal Gazette, November 27, 1993.
  7. ^ a b c "Anglophone authors honoured in Quebec". The Globe and Mail, November 16, 1994.
  8. ^ a b c d Bryan Demchinsky, "Second time lucky for non-fiction writer Foran at QSPELL awards". Montreal Gazette, November 18, 1995.
  9. ^ a b c d e Ray Conlogue, "Quebec honours anglo writers: Charles Foran, William Weintraub snag top QSPELL prizes". The Globe and Mail, December 6, 1997.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Barney bags another prize for Richler". Montreal Gazette, December 4, 1998.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Bryan Demchinsky, "Book-end prizes for Bye Bye: Doubting author Gasco scores double honours". Montreal Gazette, November 30, 1999.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Grescoe a double-winner at Quebec writers' awards: Distinct-society analysis gets two English-language book prizes". Montreal Gazette, December 1, 2000.
  13. ^ a b c d e f Pat Donnelly, "Homel's novel wins at writers' gala". Montreal Gazette, November 27, 2003.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Brendan Kelly, "Quebec Writers' Federation awards reflect booming local literary scene; Homel's The Teardown, Nixon's nîtisânak among work recognized at annual event". Montreal Gazette, November 6, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h Ryan Porter, "Kaie Kellough wins Quebec Writers’ Federation’s fiction prize". Quill & Quire, November 5, 2020.

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