Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

Barbadians transplanted to Canada’s cold climate, First Nations fighters in WWI, a youth exodus from a small Manitoba town, injustice in St. John’s, a road trip from Winnipeg, and a dog’s eye view of downtown Toronto are just some of the journeys taken by readers of two decades of Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize-winning books.

Celebrating Canadian writers of exceptional talent for each year’s best novel or short story collection, and now celebrating 20 exceptional years. Find out who the 2016 winner will be on November 2 at the Writers' Trust Awards.




All My Puny Sorrows


  • A Beautiful TruthKrista Bridge for The Eliot Girls, published by Douglas & McIntyre
  • Lynn Coady for Hellgoing, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Cary Fagan for A Bird’s Eye, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Colin McAdam for A Beautiful Truth, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada
  • Lisa Moore for Caught, published by House of Anansi Press


  • Siege 13Tim Bowling for The Tinsmith, published by Brindle & Glass Publishing
  • Tamas Dobozy for Siege 13, published by Thomas Allen Publishers
  • Rawi Hage for Carnival, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Alix Ohlin for Inside, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Linda Spalding for The Purchase, published by McClelland & Stewart



  • RoomTrevor Cole for Practical Jean, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Emma Donoghue for Room, published by HarperCollins Publishers
  • Micheal Helm for Cities of Refuge, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Kathleen Winter for Annabel, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Michael Winter for The Death of Donna Whalen, published by Hamish Hamilton Canada

Emma Donogue


  • The Golden MeanNicole Brossard, translated by Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood, for Fences in Breathing, published by Coach House Books
  • Douglas Coupland for Generation A, published by Random House Canada
  • Annabel Lyon for The Golden Mean, published by Random House Canada
  • Alice Munro for Too Much Happiness, published by McClelland & Stewart: A Douglas Gibson Book
  • Andrew Steinmetz for Eva’s Threepenny Theatre, published by Gaspereau Press


  • The Flying TroutmansRivka Galchen for Atmospheric Disturbances, published by HarperCollins Canada
  • Rawi Hage for Cockroach, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Lee Henderson for The Man Game, published by Viking Canada
  • Patrick Lane for Red Dog, Red Dog, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Miriam Toews for The Flying Troutmans, published by Knopf Canada


  • The Book of NegroesShaena Lambert for Radiance, published by Random House Canada
  • Lawrence Hill for The Book of Negroes, published by HarperCollins
  • Robert Hough for The Culprits, published by Random House Canada
  • Nancy Huston for Fault Lines, published by McArthur & Company
  • M.G. Vassanji for The Assassin’s Song, published by Doubleday Canada

The Book of Negroes


  • InsidePeter Behrens for The Law of Dreams, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Rawi Hage for DeNiro’s Game, published by House of Anansi Press
  • Catherine Hanrahan for Lost Girls and Love Hotels, published by Viking Canada
  • Kenneth J. Harvey for Inside, published by Random House Canada
  • Mary Lawson for the Other Side of the Bridge, published by Knopf Canada


  • Three Day RoadJoseph Boyden for Three Day Road, published by Viking Canada
  • Michael Crummey for The Wreckage, published by Doubleday Canada
  • Lauren B. Davis for The Radiant City, published by HarperCollins
  • Allan Donaldson for Maclean, published by Vagrant Press
  • Rabindranath Maharaj for A Perfect Pledge, published by Knopf Canada


  • RunawayMichael Helm for In the Place of Last Things, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Colin McAdam for Some Great Thing, published by Raincoast Books
  • Jeffrey Moore for The Memory Artists, published by Viking Canada
  • Alice Munro for Runaway, published by McClelland & Stewart/Douglas Gibson Books
  • Russell Smith for Muriella Pent, published by Doubleday Canada



  • County of ColdJacqueline Baker for A Hard Witching & Other Stories, published by HarperFlamingo Canada: A Phyllis Bruce Book
  • Gil Courtemanche for A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, translated by Patricia Claxton, published by Knopf Canada
  • Barbara Gowdy for The Romantic, published by HarperFlamingo Canada
  • Judith McCormack for The Rule of Last Clear Chance, published by The Porcupine’s Quill
  • Kevin Patterson for Country of Cold, published by Vintage Canada


  • Enemy WomenTerry Griggs for Rogues’ Wedding, published by Random House Canada
  • Ann Ireland for Exile, published by The Dundurn Group
  • Paulette Jiles for Enemy Women, published by HarperFlamingo Canada
  • Lori Lansens for Rush Home Road, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
  • Nino Ricci for Testament, published by Doubleday Canada


  • When Alice Lay Down With PeterAlice Munro for Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, published by McClelland & Stewart: A Douglas Gibson Book
  • Elizabeth Ruth for Ten Good Seconds of Silence, published by The Dundurn Group
  • Margaret Sweatman for When Alice Lay Down with Peter, published by Knopf Canada
  • Timothy Taylor for Stanley Park, published Knopf Canada
  • Thomas Wharton for Salamander, published by McClelland & Stewart


  • Todd Babiak for Choke Hold, published by Turnstone Press
  • Lynn Coady for Play the Monster Blind, published by Doubleday Canada
  • Douglas Glover for 16 Categories of Desire, published by Goose Lane Editions
  • Helen Humphreys for afterimage, published by HarperFlamingo Canada: A Phyllis Bruce Book
  • Michael Winter for This All Happened, published by House of Anansi Press



  • City of YesCaroline Adderson for A History of Forgetting, published by Key Porter Books
  • Elyse Gasco for Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby?, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Judy MacDonald for Jane, published by Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Alistair MacLeod for No Great Mischief, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Peter Oliva for The City of Yes, published by McClelland & Stewart


  • The HealerAndré Alexis for Childhood, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Barbara Gowdy for The White Bone, published by HarperFlamingo Canada
  • Greg Hollingshead for The Healer, published by HarperFlamingo Canada
  • Wayne Johnston for The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, published by Knopf Canada
  • Alice Munro for The Love of a Good Woman, published by McClelland & Stewart


  • Origin Of Waves Austin ClarkeAustin Clarke for The Origin of Waves, published by McClelland & Stewart
  • Elizabeth Hay for Small Change, published by Porcupine’s Quill
  • Brian Moore for The Magician’s Wife, published by Knopf Canada
  • Mordecai Richler for Barney’s Version, published by Knopf Canada
  • Jane Urquhart for The Underpainter, published by McClelland & Stewart

The Origin of Waves


Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing  
Second Deadline

Nov 16, 2016
For books published between
Sept 14 - Dec 31

Woodcock Fund



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