Shortlists for the 2022 QWF Awards Announced

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is proud to announce the shortlists for the 2022 QWF Literary Awards.

The winners of these eight prestigious prizes will be announced at a special gala ceremony on Monday, November 14 at Cabaret Lion d’Or (1676 Ontario St. E.). The ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m., preceded by a cocktail reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This year marks a new addition to the Gala awards roster. The QWF Spoken Word Prize will be awarded to up to three Quebec-based spoken word, storytelling, or literary performance artists working primarily in English in any form of performative writing, including poetry, story, monologue, hip hop, dub, sound poetry, experimental or interdisciplinary work.

Winners of the QWF Spoken Word Prize will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a featured spot at the 2023 Words & Music Show. All Spoken Word finalists will perform at AELAQ’s Holiday Book Fair on November 4, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. and their performances will be preserved online via the SpokenWeb Archive of the Present.

The other seven awards come with a purse of $3,000 each.

The theme for the event is “Complex Times: When Nothing Is Black and White.” Attendees are invited to get in the spirit of the theme by dressing up in anything but black and white. Wear your brightest, most vibrant array of colours, or dress in your many shades of grey. Those who participate will have their names entered into a draw for a special prize.

This year’s finalists in the youth category are listed below.

  • Marie-Louise Gay, I’m Not Sydney (Groundwood Books)
  • Matthew Forsythe, Mina (Simon & Schuster Canada)
  • Elise Gravel, Pink, Blue, and You: Questions for Kids About Gender Stereotypes (Anne Schwartz Books)
  • Gillian Sze, You Are My Favorite Color (Philomel Books)

For information about the shortlisted authors, including photos and book summaries, visit the QWF Literary Database at

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