Language:​ English

Criteria:​ Awarded to the Manitoba writer whose book is judged the best book of adult fiction written in English and published in 2019.

Prize:​ $3500 to the author

Sponsor:​ Manitoba Arts Council 

Administrator: Association of Manitoba Book Publishers


  • To qualify, an entry must be a work of fiction.
  • Submitted books must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2019 and written in English.
  • Eligible authors will have been a resident in Manitoba for one of the past two years, as well as a resident in Manitoba for three of the last five years.
  • Prize may be awarded posthumously to an author who has met the publication and  residency requirements but who has died within the award period.
  • Collected and/or selected works by a single author are eligible UNLESS they contain previously published material contained in one or more books that have been shortlisted for a Manitoba Book Award in previous years.
  • Please note that books written by more than one author are eligible as long as all authors meet the residency criteria. Anthologies are eligible as long as the editor(s) meet the residency criteria.
  • Not eligible:  Young adult and children’s books are not eligible for this award. Reprints are not eligible.

Books submitted for this award may also be submitted to all other pertinent categories. Publishers must send four (4) copies of any eligible books to:
Copies will not be returned. 

Manitoba Book Awards Submissions
Millennium Library, attn: Kathleen Williams
251 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3P5

All entries must be made through the online form by November 18, 2019. Books published between January 1 and October 31 must be sent to the address above and postmarked by November 18, 2019. Books published between November 1 and December 31 must be postmarked by January 10, 2020, and will only be accepted if the online entry form was submitted by November 18, 2019.