Grand Prix du livre de Montréal
The Grand Prix du livre de Montréal was established in 1965 to promote excellence in literary creation and highlight Montréal’s thriving publishing scene, while raising public awareness of Québec literature by recognizing a newly published work of exceptional quality and originality.
Since its relaunch in 1987, the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal has taken its place among Québec’s most prestigious literary distinctions, which make an active contribution to the dissemination of a work. The coveted prize honours authors and outstanding works published in Québec and is presented annually in mid-November, a few days prior to the opening of the Salon du livre de Montréal. The winner is selected by a five-person jury.
About the prize
The municipal administration awards a cash prize of $15,000 to the author or co-authors of a work published in French or English in recognition of its exceptional quality and originality. The remaining four finalists receive a cash prize of $1,000.
Through a partnership established with the Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ) in 2009, the winner of the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal is invited to stage a book tour of one of the 80 countries in which the AIEG has members.
Also, a new partnership developed in 2019 with Vues et Voix to produce the award-winning book in audio format makes the work accessible to all audiences and on all platforms.
All the publications named as finalists are acquired and made available in the 45 municipal libraries across Montréal, with at least one copy of each title held in every library.
The Grand Prix du livre de Montréal produces and provides promotional materials (stickers, posters, bookmarks, etc.) to publishers, bookstores and libraries in order to promote the prize-winning work.
The presentation of the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal may be preceded by other events promoting the books and authors named as finalists. By agreeing to be named to the shortlist, authors and publishers undertake to do everything in their power to attend the ceremony and carry out promotional activities.
Exceptional measures: the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal 2021 will accept books published during the 2020 eligibility period but were not submitted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please wait for the next call for submissions before sending books.
Any publication (original work, scholarly work, collection or reference work of a literary, artistic, social or historical nature) may be submitted provided that it meets the following criteria, failing which it will not be considered:
- published for the first time* and available on the market between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020
- published in French or English
- must be by a Montréal-based author or issued by a publisher domiciled within Montréal city limits
- must have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
- must meet the submission deadline
*Poetry and essay collections featuring excerpts already published in magazines are admissible.
- co-creations of more than 3 authors
- works whose author was deceased before the date of publication
- works by author(s) who sit on the jury or the secretariat for the award, or by their family members
- reprints or reissues.
Jury composition and process
The jury is representative of the various sectors of the publishing industry, of Montréal’s two main linguistic communities, and of the city’s contemporary literary and intellectual currents. Each member agrees not to sit on the board of directors, executive committee, review board or editorial board of any publisher. The jury meets under the chairmanship of cultural community representative, appointed by the municipal administration for a period of three years. The Chair does not hold the right to vote.
In addition to the Chair, the jury is composed of five members. No member may hold a position in Montréal’s civil service, and members are selected by the Service de la culture de la Ville de Montréal. One-third of the jury is renewed annually, and members may not sit on the jury for more than three consecutive years, or more than five times over a period of 10 years.
The jury will be announced in the fall of 2020.
Method of assessment
A four-step assessment process will be carried out to determine the winner:
2. Selection of a shortlist
3. Selection of five finalists
4. Selection of the prize-winning submission
All entries in the competition are reviewed and assessed by at least two of the five jury members. Each pre-selected publication is reviewed and assessed by all members of the jury.
The jury’s decision is final and without appeal.
Call for submissions
Submissions for the 2020 Grand Prix du livre de Montréal are now closed.
To be deemed admissible, all submissions must be completed in good and due form by the publisher, on behalf of the author, and the registration form must include the title of the work and the name of the candidate. Submissions must include seven copies of the work and the registration form and must be forwarded to the following address by the deadlines cited above.
All publications submitted will remain at the disposal of the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal and will not be returned to the publisher.
Click here for the complete list of books submitted for the 2020 Grand Prix du livre de Montréal.
Presentation of the prize