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. 




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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