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Section title: Literature

Canada's major national literary awards

red mapleleaf Amazon.ca / Books in Canada First Novel Award red mapleleaf


Best first novel in English published the previous year by a citizen or resident of Canada

2003 Black Bird. Michel Basilières. A.A. Knopf Canada
2002 Crow Lake. Mary Lawson. A.A. Knopf Canada
2001 Martin Sloane. Michael Redhill. Doubleday Canada


for First Novel

2000 Necessary Lies. Eva Stachniak. Simon & Pierre
1999 Summer Gone. David Macfarlane. A.A. Knopf Canada --Cowinner
1999 Before the Flood. Alan R. Wilson. Cormorant Books -- Cowinner
1998 Childhood. André Alexis. McClelland & Stewart
1997 Opium Dreams. Margaret Gibson. McClelland & Stewart
1996 Fugitive Pieces. Anne Michaels. McClelland & Stewart
1995 Popular Anatomy. Keath Fraser. Porcupine's Quill
1994 Funny Boy. Shyam Selvadurai. McClelland & Stewart
1993 Losing Eddie. Deborah Joy Corey. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (distributed in Canada by Thomas Allen)
1992 The Afterlife of George Cartwright. John Steffler. McClelland & Stewart
1991 Such a Long Journey. Rohinton Mistry. McClelland & Stewart
1990 Lives of the Saints. Nino Ricci. Cormorant Books

Red Maple Leaf Giller Prize Red Maple Leaf


Best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English

2004 Runaway. Alice Munro. McClelland and Stewart
2003 The In-between World of Vikram Lall. M.G. Vassanji. Doubleday Canada
2002 Polished Hoe. Austin Clarke. T. Allen Publishers
2001 Clara Callan. Richard B. Wright. HarperFlamingo Canada
2000 Anil's Ghost. Michael Ondaatje. McClelland & Stewart Canada -- Cowinner
2000 Mercy Among The Children. David Adams Richards. Doubleday Canada -- Cowinner
1999 A Good House. Bonnie Burnard. Harper Collins Canada
1998 The Love of a Good Woman. Alice Munro. McClelland & Stewart
1997 Barney's version. Mordecai Richler. Alfred A. Knopf Canada
1996 Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood. McClelland & Stewart
1995 A Fine Balance. Rohinton Mistry. McClelland & Stewart
1994 A Book of Secrets. M.G. Vassanji. McClelland & Stewart

Red Maple Leaf Governor General's Literary Awards Red Maple Leaf


With an additional $3,000 to the publisher of each winning book

Fiction category (English and French)

2004 A Complicated Kindness. Miriam Toews. Alfred A. Knopf Canada
2004 Le cercle parfait. Pascale Quiviger. Les éditions de L'instant même
2003 Elle. Douglas Glover. Goose Lane Editions
2003 La maison étrangère. Élise Turcotte. Leméac Éditeur
2002 A Song for Nettie Johnson. Gloria Sawai. Coteau Books
2002 La Gloire de Cassiodore. Monique LaRue. Les Éditions du Boréal
2001 Clara Callan. Richard B. Wright. Harper Flamingo Canada: A Phyllis Bruce Book
2001 Le ravissement. Andrée A. Michaud. Les éditions de L'instant même
2000 Anil's Ghost. Michael Ondaatje. McClelland & Stewart
2000 Un vent se lève qui éparpille. Jean Marc Dalpé. Éditions Prise de Parole


Adult fiction category (English and French)

1999 Elizabeth and After. Matt Cohen. Alfred A. Knopf Canada
1999 La Danse juive. Lise Tremblay. Leméac Éditeur
1998 Forms of Devotion. Diane Schoemperlen. A Phyllis Bruce Book/Harper Collins
1998 La Terre ferme. Christiane Frenette. Éditions du Boréal
1997 The Underpainter. Jane Urquhart. McClelland & Stewart
1997 Cet imperceptible mouvement. Aude. XYZ Éditeur
1996 The Englishman's Boy. Guy Vanderhaeghe. McClelland & Stewart
1996 Soifs. Marie-Claire Blais. Éditions du Boréal
1995 The Roaring Girl. Greg Hollingshead. Somerville House Publishing
1995 Les Oiseaux de Saint-John Perse. Nicole Houde. Éditions de la Pleine Lune
1994 A Discovery of Strangers. Rudy Wiebe. Alfred A. Knopf Canada
1994 Le Petit aigle à tête blanche. Robert Lalonde Éditions du Seuil
1993 The Stone Diaries. Carol Shields. Random House
1993 Cantique des plaines. Nancy Huston Leméac Éditeur
1992 The English Patient. Michael Ondaajte. McClelland & Stewart
1992 L'enfant chargé de songes. Anne Hébert. Éditions du Seuil
1991 Such a Long Journey. Rohinton Mistry. McClelland & Stewart
1991 La Croix du Nord. André Brochu. XYZ Éditeur
1990 Lives of the Saints. Nino Ricci. Cormorant Books
1990 La Mauvaise foi. Gérald Tougas. Éditions Québec/Amérique

Red Maple Leaf Journey Prize Red Maple Leaf

Writers' Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize


With an additional $2,000 for the journal that published the winning entry

Best short story or excerpt from a fiction work-in-progress by a new and developing writer first published in a Canadian literary journal the previous year

2003 Jessica Grant
2002 Jocelyn Brown
2001 Kevin Armstrong

(Harbourfront Reading Series’ short stories award)


With an additional $2,000 for the literary journal that originally published the story

2000 Timothy Taylor
1999 Alissa York
1998 John Brooke
1997 Anne Simpson & Gabriella Goliger
1996 Elyse Gasco
1995 Katherine Woodward
1994 Melissa Hardy
1993 Gayla Reid
1992 Rozena Maart
1991 Yann Martel
1990 Cynthia Flood

Red Maple Leaf Marian Engel Award Red Maple Leaf


Awarded annually to a Canadian female author for a body of work and in anticipation of future contributions

2003 Elisabeth Harvo
2002 Terry Griggs
2001 Elizabeth Hay


Presented by the Writers’ Development Trust to a Canadian woman author for outstanding prose writing

2000 Anita Rau Badami
1999 Janice Kulyk Keefer
1998 Sharon Butala
1997 Katherine Govier
1996 Barbara Gowdy
1995 Bonnie Burnard
1994 Jane Urquhart
1993 Sandra Birdsell
1992 Joan Barfoot
1991 Joan Clark
1990 Carol Shields