McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award

The McNally Robinson Award was established in 1995 to celebrate the best in Manitoba writing and publishing. The award is now divided into the categories of Young Adult and Children. The Manitoba Literary Awards are sponsored by the McNally Robinson Booksellers and administered by the Manitoba Literary Awards Committee of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. The winner of each category receives a $2500 cash prize. Eligible authors must be a resident of Manitoba for three of the last five years as well as one of the past two years.


Administered By
Manitoba Literary Awards Committee of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild



Contact Us
Robyn Maharaj or Jamis Paulson c/o The Manitoba Writer’s Guild #206-100 Arthur Street Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3 Tel: 204.942.6134 or 1.888.637.5802 Fax: 204.942.5754


Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
2015 Young Adult Eva Wiseman, The World Outside. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2014.
2014 Children's Penny M. Thomas, Powwow Counting in Cree. Illustrated by Melinda Josie. Winnipeg: HighWater Press, 2013.
2014 Young Adult Colleen Nelson, The Fall. Winnipeg: Great Plains Teen Fiction, 2013.
2013 Young Adult Kevin Marc Fournier, The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City. Winnipeg: Great Plains Teen Fiction, 2012.
2012 Children's Larry Verstraete , S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet. Illustrated by David Geister. Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2010.
2012 Young Adult Colleen Nelson, Tori by Design. Winnipeg: Great Plains Teen Fiction, 2011.
2011 Children's Deferred to 2012.
2011 Young Adult Maureen Fergus, Ortega. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2010.
2010 Children's Colleen Sydor, Timmerman Was Here. Illustrated by Nicolas Debon. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009.
2010 Young Adult Eva Wiseman, Puppet. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009.
2009 Young Adult Colleen Sydor, My Mother is a French Fry and Further Proof of My Fuzzed-Up Life. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2008.
2009 Children's Joe McLellan and Matrine McLellan, Goose Girl. Illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson. Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications, 2007.
2008 Children's Deferred to 2009.
2008 Young Adult Kevin Marc Fournier, Sandbag Shuffle. Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 2007.
2006 Young Adult Larry Verstraete, Lost Treasures: True Stories of Discovery. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2006.
2006 Children's Colleen Sydor, Raising a Little Stink. Illustrated by Pascale Constantin Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2006.
2005 Young Adult Diane Juttner Perreault, Breath of the Dragon. Winnipeg: Great Plains Publications, 2005.
2005 Children's Colleen Sydor, Camilla Chameleon. Illustrated by Pascale Constantin. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2005.
2004 Young Adult Margaret Buffie, The Finder. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004.
2003 Young Adult Duncan Thornton, The Star-Glass. Regina: Coteau Books, 2003.
2003 Children's Connie Colker Steiner, Shoes for Amélie. Illustrated by Denis Rodier. Montreal: Lobster Press, 2001.
2002 Older Linda Holeman, Search of the Moon King’s Daughter. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2002.
2001 Older Eva Wiseman, My Canary Yellow Star. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2001.
2001 Younger Sheldon Oberman, The Wisdom Bird. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2000.
2000 Older Linda Holeman, Raspberry House Blues. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2000.
1999 Older Martha Brooks, Being With Henry. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1999.
1999 Younger Colleen Sydor, Smarty Pants. Montreal: Lobster Press, 1999.
1998 Older Diana Wieler, Drive. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1998.
1997 Older Diana Wieler, Ran Van: Magic Nation. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1997.
1997 Younger Sheldon Oberman, By the Hanukkah Light. Illustrated by Neil Waldman. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press, 1997.
1996 Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon, Tiktala. Illustrated by Laszlo Gal. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 1996.
1995 Margaret Buffie, The Dark Garden. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995.
Children's 2015 M.J. Matheson, Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl