Ottawa Book Award

Ottawa Book Award and Prix du livre d'Ottawa is a Canadian literary award presented by the City of Ottawa to the best English and French language books written in the previous year by a living author residing in Ottawa.[1] There are 4 awards each year: English fiction and non-fiction (the Ottawa Book Awards); French fiction and non-fiction (Prix du livre d'Ottawa). As of 2011 the four prize winners receive $7,500 each and short-listed authors $1,000 each.[1] The award was founded in 1986. In its earlier years it was named the Ottawa-Carleton Book Awards.

Past winners of the Ottawa Book Awards include Shane Rhodes, David O’Meara, Paul Wells, Jamieson Findlay, Elizabeth Hay, Roy MacGregor, Brian Doyle, Gabriella Goliger (2011),[2] Craig Poile, Andrew Horrall (2010),[3] Rose Potvin (1993)[4] and Frances Itani. Past winners of the Prix du livre d’Ottawa include Philippe Bernier Arcand, Estelle Beauchamp, Daniel Poliquin, Margaret Michèle Cook and Maurice Henrie.


  1. ^ a b 2011 Guidelines for Authors and Publishers, Ottawa Book Awards website
  2. ^ "Old Ottawa South resident awarded for Girl Unwrapped." (2011, November 4). Ottawa This Week West [Ottawa, Ontario], p. 1. Gale Document Number: GALE|A272194183
  3. ^ "Ottawa book awards honour works by poile, horrall, rochon; authors receive recognition for poetry, non-fiction, french fiction." (2010, Oct 30). The Ottawa Citizen. Database: ProQuest Newsstand. ProQuest document ID: 761372961
  4. ^ Heward, B. (1993, May 01). "Authors share ottawa-carleton fiction awards." The Ottawa Citizen, pp. 0-F4. Database: ProQuest Newsstand. ProQuest document ID: 239763990

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