R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature

This annual competition by the Writers Guild of Alberta recognizes excellence in writing by an author who has been resident in Alberta for at least twelve of the previous eighteen months. The winner receives a leather-bound copy of his/her book and a $500 cash award.


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Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
2015 Richard Van Camp, Little You. Illustrated by Julie Flett. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2014.
2014 Karen Bass, Graffiti Knight. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2013.
2013 Joan Marie Galat, The Discovery of Longitude. Illustrated by Wes Lowe. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, 2012.
2012 Cathy Ostlere, Karma. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2011.
2011 Deidre Anne Martin, The Elegant Cockroach. Illustrated by Stefanie Augustine. Calgary: Uppercase Publishing, 2010.
2010 Linda Smith, The Broken Thread. Regina: Coteau Books, 2009.
2009 Hazel Hutchins, Mattland. Co-authored by Gail Herbert. Illustrated by Dušan Petričić. Toronto: Annick Press, 2008.
2008 Katherine Holubitsky, The Big Snapper. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2006.
2007 Dale Auger, Mwâkwa Talks to the Loon: A Cree Story for Children. Surrey, BC: Heritage House, 2006.
2006 Colleen Heffernan, A Kind of Courage. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2005.
2005 Joan Marie Galat, Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Moon. Illustrated by Lorna Bennett. Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 2004.
2004 Glen Huser, Stitches. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003.
2002 Katherine Holubitsky, Last Summer in Agatha. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2001.
2001 Anita Horrocks, Topher. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2000.
2000 Barbara Demers, Willa's New World. Regina: Coteau Books, 1999.
1999 Anita Horrocks, What They Don't Know. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 1998.
1998 Hazel Hutchins, The Prince of Tarn. Toronto: Annick Press, 1997.
1997 Don Trembath, The Tuesday Cafe. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 1996.
1996 Tololwa Mollel, Big Boy. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1995.
1995 Beth Goobie, Mission Impossible. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press, 1994.
1994 David Bly, The McIntyre Liar. Edmonton: Tree Frog Press, 1993.
1992 Monica Hughes, The Crystal Drop. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1992.
1991 Hazel Hutchins, A Cat of Artimus Pride. Toronto: Annick Press, 1991.
1990 Jan Hudson, Dawn Rider. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1990.
1989 Don Meredith, Dog Runner. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1989.
1988 William Pasnak, Under the Eagle's Claw. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1988.
1987 Marilyn Halvorson, Nobody Said It Would Be Easy. Toronto: Irwin Publishing, 1987.
1986 Monica Hughes, Blaine's Way. Toronto: Irwin Publishing, 1986.
1985 Cora Taylor, Julie. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1985.
1984 William Pasnak, In the City of the King. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1984.
1983 Monica Hughes, Space Trap. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1983.
1982 Monica Hughes, Hunter in the Dark. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1982.