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Submissions for the 2017 Trillium Book Award for eligible titles published in 2016 (along with eligible titles for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature published in 2015) are now being accepted. The shortlist for the 2017 Trillium Book Award will announced in Spring 2017, with Announcement of winners taking place in June 2017.

The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing.

This prestigious Award is the province’s leading award for literature. The quality of Ontario authors and writing speaks for itself with the international acclaim achieved by past Trillium winners including Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Timothy Findley and Anne Michaels.

In 1994, the prize was expanded to include the Prix Trillium, a separate award for Ontario’s francophone writers and their publishers.

The award given to the author of each winning book is $20,000 and their publishers receive $2,500 for the marketing and promotion of the titles.

In 2003, there was a further enhancement to the traditional Trillium Book Award with the creation of the new Trillium Book Award for Poetry for new and emerging poets. A first, second or third work by a poet is eligible and each award recipient receives $10,000 and $2,000 is given to the winning publishers.

In 2006 the awards in the French language were enhanced such that the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French language is awarded every two years, with eligible titles over the two years considered for the Award. The Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language is offered in the alternate years that the Poetry French language award is not given out. Similar to the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, the award recipient receives $10,000 and $2,000 is given to the winning publisher.

The Trillium Award is open to books in any genre: fiction, non-fiction, drama, children’s books and poetry. Anthologies and translations are not eligible. A jury of writers and figures from the literary community judges all submissions and selects the winning titles.

Submissions for the Trillium Book Award for eligible titles published in 2016 are now being accepted. Please refer to the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, and the appropriate submission forms, posted below.

Deadline :

December 16, 2016 – for titles published between January and October 2016
January 30, 2017 – for titles published in November and December 2016

Trillium Book Award Guidelines and Call for Submissionspdf icon
Trillium Book Award Submission FormMS Word icon
Trillium Book Award for Poetry FormMS Word icon

OMDC Anniversary Booklet cover

Trillium Book Award Winning Ontario Authors
A list of previous Trillium Book Award winners

2016 Trillium Book Award Finalists

Janet Hawkins 
Program Consultant, Industry Initiatives 
Phone: 416-642-6698


Funding Deadlines

October 28, 2016
Music Industry Development

December 5, 2016
OMDC Research Grants

Contact Us

Janet Hawkins
Program Consultant, Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6698
Email: jhawkins@omdc.on.ca


Bianca Spence
Program Coordinator, Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6652
Email: programs2@omdc.on.ca