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Governor General’s Literary Awards

Canada Council for the Arts



150 Elgin St
Ottawa, ON CA


The Governor General’s Literary Awards are presented to English-language and French-language books in each of the following seven categories: Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children’s Literature (text), Children’s Literature (illustrated books) and Translation (from French to English).

Books must be submitted by an eligible publisher. Since the awards recognize artistic and literary merit, publishers should select only works they consider outstanding. The eligibility requirements are set out in the guidelines.

Submission Info

Prize Info

  • First Prize: $25,000 prize to author, $3000 to publisher for promotional expenses

  • Additional Information: Non-winning finalists receive $1,000

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