Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

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The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize is a Canadian literary award presented by Rogers Communications and the Writers' Trust of Canada after an annual juried competition of works submitted by publishers. [1] Alongside the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction and the Giller Prize, it is considered one of the three main awards for Canadian fiction in English. [2]

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First presented in 1997, the prize goes to the author of the novel or short story collection judged to be the year's best work of fiction. The prize awards $25,000 to the winning book and $3,500 to each of the finalists. [3]

Nominees and recipients

Jury: Matt Cohen, Elisabeth Harvor, Ann Ireland
Blueribbon icon.png Austin Clarke , The Origin of Waves
Jury: Joan Clark, Austin Clarke, Trevor Ferguson
Blueribbon icon.png Greg Hollingshead , The Healer
Jury: Lynn Coady, Sylvia Fraser, Eric Wright
Blueribbon icon.png Peter Oliva , The City of Yes
Jury: Cynthia Holz, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Peter Oliva
Blueribbon icon.png Helen Humphreys , Afterimage
Jury: Lesley Choyce, Eliza Clark, Olive Senior
Blueribbon icon.png Margaret Sweatman , When Alice Lay Down with Peter
Jury: Joan Barfoot, Brian Brett, Sarah Sheard
Blueribbon icon.png Paulette Jiles , Enemy Women
Jury: Kevin Chong, Lisa Moore, Diane Schoemperlen
Blueribbon icon.png Kevin Patterson , Country of Cold
Jury: Sylvia Fraser, Zsuzsi Gartner, Michael Redhill
Blueribbon icon.png Alice Munro , Runaway
Jury: Anita Rau Badami, Lewis DeSoto, Mary Swan
Blueribbon icon.png Joseph Boyden , Three Day Road
Jury: Karen Connelly, Jeffrey Moore, Anna Porter
Blueribbon icon.png Kenneth J. Harvey , Inside
Jury: Kevin Major, Kim Moritsugu, Madeleine Thien
Blueribbon icon.png Lawrence Hill , The Book of Negroes
Jury: Lawrence Hill, Annabel Lyon, Heather O'Neill
Blueribbon icon.png Miriam Toews , The Flying Troutmans
Jury: Marina Endicott, Miriam Toews, R.M. Vaughan
Blueribbon icon.png Annabel Lyon, The Golden Mean
Jury: Andrew Pyper, Eden Robinson, Lisa Moore. [4]
Blueribbon icon.png Emma Donoghue, Room
Jury: Emma Donoghue, Rabindranath Maharaj, Margaret Sweatman
Blueribbon icon.png Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers [5]
Jury: Esi Edugyan, Lynn Coady, Drew Hayden Taylor
Blueribbon icon.png Tamas Dobozy, Siege 13 [6]
Jury: Caroline Adderson, Alison Pick, Miguel Syjuco
Blueribbon icon.png Colin McAdam, A Beautiful Truth
Jury: Neil Bissoondath, George Murray, Helen Humphreys
Blueribbon icon.png Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows [7]
2015 [8]
Jury: Aislinn Hunter, Shani Mootoo, Richard Wagamese
Blueribbon icon.png André Alexis, Fifteen Dogs [9]
Jury: Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, Pasha Malla
Blueribbon icon.png Yasuko Thanh, Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains [10]
Jury: Michael Christie, Christy Ann Conlin, Tracey Lindberg
Blueribbon icon.png David Chariandy, Brother [11]
2018 [12]
Jury: Ann Y. K. Choi, Mireille Silcoff, Robert Wiersema
Blueribbon icon.png Kathy Page, Dear Evelyn [13]
2019 [14]
Jury: Dennis Bock, Michael Kaan, Suzette Mayr
Blueribbon icon.png André Alexis, Days by Moonlight [15]

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