Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life
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.
Established in 2001 by the Writers’ Trust and a group of anonymous donors, 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.