Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life

Winner: $20,000

Prize Guidelines

This award is presented annually to a Canadian writer whose life has been dedicated to writing as a primary pursuit, in honour of distinguished work in poetry or prose, in English or French, and in hope of further work to come.

Established in 2001, the award is named in memory of Matt Cohen, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction (1999) and a founding member of the Writers’ Union of Canada. The prize is worth $20,000.

All Canadian writers whose life has been dedicated to writing as a primary pursuit are considered. An independent committee selects the winner, and there is no submission process. 




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Journey Prize

Feb 21, 2018

Berton House Writers' Retreat

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RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Mar 5, 2018

Writers' Trust Fellowship

Mar 12, 2018


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and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


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