Celebrating Ottawa’s finest writers

The Ottawa Book Awards and Prix du livre d’Ottawa recognize the top English and French books published in the previous year. Both awards have separate categories for fiction and non-fiction. All shortlisted finalists receive $1,000 and each winner receives a prize of $7,500. 

Ottawa Book Awards 

For over 30 years, the Ottawa Book Awards / Le Prix du livre d’Ottawa have paid tribute to our city’s outstanding writers by shining the spotlight on the top English and French books published in the previous year. Join us in celebrating the talent and creativity of our authors past and present, and applaud their remarkable achievements on the world’s literary stage.

2016 Awards Ceremony

Mayor Jim Watson will present the awards to the winning authors on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall, Jean-Pigott Place, 110 Laurier Ave W. The event is open to the public. We hope that you will be able to join us for this celebration of literary excellence. 

The Ottawa Book Award and the Prix du livre d’Ottawa will be presented. Four $7,500 prizes will be awarded to the winning authors in the categories of English fiction, English non-fiction and French Fiction, and French Non-Fiction. The Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry will also be presented. This award is administered by Arc Poetry Magazine, and the winner will receive a $1,500 prize for best book of poetry in the region. 

A special thank you to our partners at the Ottawa Public Library / Bibliothèque publique d'OttawaOttawa International Writers Festival, L'Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario français and ARC Poetry Magazine for their collaboration in this year's event.

Copies of all the finalists books will be made available by Perfect Books and Le Coin du livre

2016 Finalists

View the 2016 Ottawa Book Awards Finalists .

Public Service Announcement: City announces 2016 Ottawa Book Awards and Prix du livre d’Ottawa finalists

2017 Application Deadline

Deadline for submission of entries is Monday, January 9, 2017 at 4 p.m. All submissions must be received by the deadline date, or postmarked on that date or earlier. Late submissions will not be accepted.



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Contact us

For further information contact Marlène Barré, Cultural Funding Officer, 613-580-2424, ext. 28517.