Logo for the Amazon First Novel Award 2024


Established in 1976, the First Novel Award program has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelists. Previous winners include Michael Ondaatje, Joan Barfoot, Joy Kogawa, W. P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Redhill, Mona Awad, Katherena Vermette, Casey Plett, Michelle Good, and last year’s winner, Jasmine Sealy.

The winner of the Adult First Novel Category will receive $60,000, and the five finalists will each receive $6,000 in prize money. The Youth Short Story Category invites authors between the ages of thirteen and seventeen to submit a short story under 3,000 words. The winner in this category will receive $5,000 and the five finalists will each receive $500.


Submission Details

Adult First Novel Category

The submission period for the Adult First Novel category has now ended. The shortlist will be announced in May 2024 and the winner will be announced at an in-person ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Toronto.

Youth Short Story Category

The submission period for the Youth Short Story category has now ended. The shortlist will be announced in May 2024 and the winner will be announced at an in-person ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Toronto.


Past Shortlists and Winners

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2018

2017

2016


Get in Touch

For more information please contact us at amazoncanadafirstnovelaward@thewalrus.ca.

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