Grand Prix du livre de Montréal

Recognizing excellence

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.

Promotional support

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.

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.

Eligibility criteria

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* between September 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019
  • 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.


  • works by author(s) who sit on the jury or the secretariat for the award, or by their family members
  • translations
  • 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 composition of the jury is announced during the ceremony.

2018 jury

Last year’s jury was chaired by Catherine Mavrikakis, writer, professor of literature at the Université de Montréal, and member of the Académie des lettres du Québec. It was composed of the following members (in order of appearance): Martine Audet, poet, member of the Académie des lettres du Québec; Marie-Andrée Beaudet, professor emeritus and vice-president of the Fondation Émile-Nelligan; Mike Vienneau, librarian and manager at the Librairie Monet; Simon Boulerice, author, poet, actor, director; Karen Ocana, literary translator.

Method of assessment

A four-step assessment process will be carried out to determine the winner:
1. Pre-selection
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

The following submission deadlines apply:

• no later than January 31, 2019 for works published between September 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019
• no later than May 31, 2019 for works published between February 1 and May 31, 2019

No submissions will be accepted after these dates. All candidates will receive an acknowledgment of receipt by e-mail.

Application files

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.

Presentation of the prize

November 2019


Artistic field


Prize type

City awards


Grand Prix du livre de Montréal 2019 registration form (in English)


Valérie Lampron
Service de la culture, Direction des bibliothèques