Grand Prix du livre de Montréal

About the prize

The Grand prix du livre de Montréal is designed to promote excellence in literary creation as well as the vitality of the Montréal publishing community. It raises public awareness of Québec literature by honouring a recently published work of exceptional creativity and originality.

 A $15,000 grant is offered by the Ville de Montréal to the author or coauthors of a work in French or English (excluding reprints and translations) in recognition of its exceptional originality and creativity.

Eligibility criteria

Any work in French or English, first published between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018, by an author or publisher located within the Ville de Montréal city limits is eligible. Please note that publications whose authors or their immediate family are members of the jury or the Prize Secretariat are not eligible.

Evaluation method

The jury is representative of the different sectors of the book industry, the two major linguistic communities and Montréal’s major contemporary literary and intellectual currents. The jury meet at members’ convenience. The non-voting Chair is a personality from the cultural community appointed for three years by the municipal administration. 

The prize winner is selected through three steps: 

  • Pre-selection
  • Selection of five finalist titles
  • Selection of the prize winner

Each publication entered in the competition is read by at least two of the five jury members, who evaluate it. All pre-selected works are read and evaluated by all members of the jury.

Call for applications

Deadlines for submittal of publications are:

  • No later than April 1, 2018, for literature published between September 1, 2017, and March 1, 2018;
  • No later than August 31, 2018, for literature published between March 1 and August 31, 2018;

Application file

Publishers must register titles under the name of the author(s), using the registration form. Each application must be sent with seven copies of the work, together with the registration form, to the address listed in the form. 

Date prize will be awarded

Fall 2018

Grand Prix du livre de Montréal

Artistic field


Prize type

City awards


Valérie Lampron
Service de la culture, Direction des bibliothèques
514 872-9090
801 Brennan Street, 5th Floor
Montréal, QC H3C 0G4