2016 | 2017


Some of Canada’s best writers have springboarded to national and international acclaim after winning the Manitoba Book Awards. Previous winners include: Carol Shields (1993), David Bergen (1993,1996, 2009), Miriam Toews (1998, 2000), Margaret Sweatman (1991, 2001), Sandra Birdsell (1992), Jake MacDonald (2002), Allan Levine (2010), Barbara Huck (2014) and Wab Kinew (2016).

The Manitoba Book Awards is an annual project of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild produced with the assistance of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers. 

The Manitoba Book Awards honour books written by Manitobans, published in Manitoba or about Manitoba. More than $30,000 in prizes is awarded each year to Manitoba writers. The Manitoba Book Awards celebrates literary excellence, originality and diverse talent.

The 18 awards to be presented at the 29th annual Manitoba Book Awards include:

Chris Johnson Playwright Award

Lansdowne Prize for Poetry | Prix Lansdowne de poésie

The Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award(s) | Prix
Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition
1. Book Design Category
2. Children’s Illustrated Category
3. General Illustration Category
4. Graphic Novel Category

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher | Prix
Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba

Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction | Prix
Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais

Award for Lifetime Achievement

Beatrice Mosionier Award for Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award | Prix Beatrice-Mosionier pour l’écrivain.e autochtone de l’année

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award | Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg

Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault

 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards
Younger Category
Older Category 

Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction (will be awarded in 2018, for work published in 2016 and 2017)

John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer | Prix John-Hirsch pour l’écrivain.e manitobain le plus prometteur

McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award


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