Literary Awards 2022: A Coast-to-Coast Roundup

June 8, 2022

Looking to add a little Province-based pedigree to your TBR, or just read more from your own backyard? We've rounded up the independently-published winners and nominees from literary awards all across Canada to make it easier than ever.

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quickjump: British Columbia | Alberta | Saskatchewan | Manitoba | Ontario | Quebec | the Atlantic


British Columbia

Lit Awards from Coast to Coast: British Columbia


The Awards:  BC and Yukon Book Prizes

Their Mandate: Celebrating the Best and Brightest in BC and Yukon: The BC and Yukon Book Prizes celebrate the achievements of British Columbia and Yukon writers, illustrators and publishers.

All Lit Up Finalists:

Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

Antonyms for Daughter by Jenny Boychuk (Véhicule Press)

Pebble Swing by Isabella Wang (Nightwood Editions)

blue gait by Shauna Paull (Mother Tongue Publishing)

No Shelter by Henry Doyle (Anvil Press)

Ghosthawk by Matt Rader (Nightwood Editions)


Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize + Rodrick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

Monster Child by Rahela Nayebzadah (Wolsak & Wynn)


Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

Dear Peter, Dear Ulla by Barbara Nickel (Thistledown Press)




Lit Awards from Coast to Coast: Alberta


The Awards:  Alberta Literary Awards

Their Mandate: Each year, the Alberta Literary Awards, the City of Edmonton and The City of Calgary recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors.

All Lit Up Finalists:

Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry

Miraculous Sickness by ky perraun (At Bay Press)


Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed (ECW Press)

The Shade Tree by Theresa Shea (Guernica Editions)


The 2022 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize

Burning the Night by Glen Huser (NeWest Press)

The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed (ECW Press)


The 2022 City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize 

My Mother, My Translator by Jaspreet Singh (Vehicule Press)




Lit Awards from Coast to Coast: Saskatchewan


The Awards:  Saskatchewan Book Awards

Their Mandate: Saskatchewan Book Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence and diversity in Saskatchewan writing and publishing.

All Lit Up Finalists:

Ministry of Parks, Culture, and Sport First Book Award

handwringers by Sarah Mintz (Radiant Press)

Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl by Francine Merasty (Bookland Press)

Only If We’re Caught by Theressa Slind (Thistledown Press)


SK Arts Poetry Award Honouring Anne Szumigalski

Girl running by Diana Hope Tegenkamp (Thistledown Press)

awâsis — kinky and disheveled by Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer (Brick Books)

Little Housewolf by Medrie Purdham (Signal Editions/Vehicule Press)

Kitotam by John McDonald (Radiant Press)

Essential Ingredients by Carol Rose GoldenEagle (Inanna Publications)


City of Saskatoon/Saskatoon Public Library Saskatoon Award

Girl running by Diana Hope Tegenkamp (Thistledown Press)

awâsis — kinky and disheveled by Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer (Brick Books)


City of Regina Regina Award

The “Mr. Big” Sting: The Cases, The Killers, The Controversial Confessions by Mark Stobbe (ECW Press)

Saltus by Tara Gereaux (Nightwood Editions)

Little Housewolf by Medrie Purdham (Signal Editions/Vehicule Press)

Wreck: A Very Anxious Memoir by Kelley Jo Burke (Radiant Press)

A Natural History of Unnatural Things by Zachari Logan (Radiant Press)


Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award

awâsis — kinky and disheveled by Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer (Brick Books)

The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour by Dawn Dumont (Freehand Books)


Fiction Award

Only If We’re Caught by Theressa Slind (Thistledown Press)

The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour by Dawn Dumont (Freehand Books)

Saltus by Tara Gereaux (Nightwood Editions)


Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award Honouring Mary Sutherland

Only If We’re Caught by Theressa Slind (Thistledown Press)

Saltus by Tara Gereaux (Nightwood Editions)

awâsis — kinky and disheveled by Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer (Brick Books)



Lit Awards from Coast to Coast: Manitoba


The Awards: Manitoba Book Awards

Their Mandate: The Manitoba Book Awards / Les Prix du livre du Manitoba celebrates excellence in Manitoba writing, publishing, book design and illustration. 

All Lit Up Finalists (note, we couldn't include all of the categories - so we urge you to check them out!):

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

Persephone's Children: A Life in Fragments by Rowan McCandless (Dundurn Press)


Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

Mosienko: The Man Who Caught Lightning in a Bottle by Ty Dilello (Great Plains Publications)

Scofflaw by Garry Thomas Morse (Anvil Press)


Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

Lessons in Fusion by Primrose Madayag Knazan (Yellow Dog / Great Plains Publications)

Persephone's Children: A Life in Fragments by Rowan McCandless (Dundurn Press)

Run As One: My Story by Errol Ranville (Great Plains Publications)


Lansdowne Prize for Poetry

Cattail Skyline by Joanne Epp (Turnstone Press)

Tablet Fragments by Tamar Rubin (Signature Editions)

The Lost Cafeteria by Joel Robert Ferguson (Signature Editions)

The World Is Mostly Sky by Sarah Ens (Turnstone Press)


Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

Hour of the Crab by Patricia Robertson (Goose Lane Editions)

So Many Windings by Catherine Macdonald (At Bay Press)

Status Update by George Toles & Cliff Eyland (At Bay Press)


Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction

Alternate Plains: Stories of Prairie Speculative Fiction edited by Darren Ridgley & Adam Petrash (Great Plains Publications)

So Many Windings by Catherine Macdonald (At Bay Press)

The Unpleasantness at the Battle of Thornford: A Father Christmas Mystery by C.C. Benison (At Bay Press)


McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award

Gibbous Moon by Dennis Cooley & Michael Matthews (At Bay Press)

Out of Mind by David Bergen (Goose Lane Editions)

Searching for Signal by Lori Cayer (Signature Editions)




Lit Awards from Coast to Coast: Ontario


The Awards:  Trillium Book Awards

Their Mandate: The Trillium Book Awards, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, recognizes the best book and best poetry collection by writers from Ontario.

All Lit Up Finalists:

Trillium Book Award

Æther by Catherine Graham (Wolsak & Wynn)

The Pump by Sydney Hegele (Invisible Publishing)


Trillium Book Award for Poetry

The Untranslatable I by Roxanna Bennett (Gordon Hill Press)




Lit Awards from Coast to Coast: Quebec


The Awards: Quebec Writers' Federation Awards

Their Mandate: QWF administers various awards programs to acknowledge the fine work being done by Quebec’s aspiring, emerging, and established authors and, in the case of the Judy Mappin Community Award, members of the larger literary community.

(ALU Note: The QWF awards aren't announced until later this year, but heck if we're going to leave out la belle province - here are some winners/finalists from 2021.)

All Lit Up Finalists: 

Le Prix de traduction de la Fondation Cole / The Cole Foundation Prize for Translation

Orwell in Cuba: How 1984 Came to Be Published in Castro’s Twilight by Donald Winkler (Talonbooks)


The A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry

I Am the Big Heart by Sarah Venart (Brick Books, WINNER)

Because the Sun by Sarah Burgoyne (Coach House Books)

Hell Light Flesh by Klara du Plessis (Palimpsest Press)

The Fool by Jessie Jones (Goose Lane Editions)


The Concordia University First Book Prize

Knot Body by Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch (Metatron Press)

We, Jane by Aimee Wall (Book*hug Press)


The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction

Peacekeeper’s Daughter: A Middle-East Memoir by Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt (Thistledown Press)

Music, Late and Soon by Robyn Sarah (Biblioasis)


The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

We, Jane by Aimee Wall (Book*hug Press)


The Atlantic Provinces

Lit Awards from Coast to Coast: The Atlantic Provinces


The Awards: The Atlantic Book Awards

Their Mandate: The Atlantic Book Awards Festival presents seven book awards, including one of Canada’s biggest book prizes, presented along with the Atlantic Legacy Award, honouring an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement and encouragement of the literary arts in Atlantic Canada. 

All Lit Up Finalists:

Nova Scotia Book Awards


Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Alexa!: Changing the Face of Canadian Politics by Stephen Kimber (Goose Lane Editions)


George Borden Writing for Change Award

My Daughter Rehtaeh Parsons by Glen Canning (with Susan McClelland) (Goose Lane Editions)

Alexa!: Changing the Face of Canadian Politics by Stephen Kimber (Goose Lane Editions)


Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes by Hannah Moscovitch (Playwrights Canada Press)

Jude and Diana by Sharon Robart-Johnson (Fernwood Publishing)


Atlantic Book Awards

Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction

Chemical Valley by David Huebert (Biblioasis)

The Running Trees by Amber McMillan (Goose Lane Editions)

The Love Olympics by Claire Wilkshire (Breakwater Books)


J. M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award

Poisonous if Eaten Raw by Alyda Faber (Goose Lane Editions)

Myself a Paper Clip by Triny Finlay (Goose Lane Editions)


Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

Constant Nobody by Michelle Butler Hallett (Goose Lane Editions)

Chemical Valley by David Huebert (Biblioasis)

Jude and Diana by Sharon Robart-Johnson (Fernwood Publishing)


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Of course, this list doesn't capture all of the awards that each region of Canada has to offer - it doesn't even include every category from these awards! But we hope it's a starting point to read more widely (because Canada is one wide country). Happy reading!


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