Ontario Creates Announces 2021 Trillium Literary Prize Winners

Four Ontario authors honored with the province’s best literature award

TORONTO, June 15, 2021 / CNW / – Ontario Creates is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Trillium Literary Prize honoring four Ontario authors for literary excellence. These books will take you on a variety of journeys ranging from the hopes and joys of immigrants struggling for a living, to a dressmaker working for a prima donna actress, to a lyrical ride where poetry acts as a cure for heartbreak and loss, and an epic adventure of children in space. Learn more about these authors and their winning titles here:

  • WINNER | Trillium Literary Prize (English)
    Souvankham Thammavongsa, How to pronounce knife | McClelland & Stewart
  • WINNER | Trillium Literary Prize (French)
    Danielle Vallee, Seven nights in the life of Honey | David editions
  • WINNER | Trillium Literary Prize for Poetry (English)
    Jody chan, sick | Black Laurent Press
  • WINNER | Trillium Literary Prize for Children’s Literature (French)
    Eric Mathieu, Captain Boudu and the children of Cédille | L’Interligne editions

Join us on the Ontario Creates Facebook channel at June 17 for In conversation with the French-speaking laureates and on June 18 for In conversation with the English-speaking winners.

“The 2021 Trillium Literary Prize winners reflect the diverse talent of from ontario authors, each of whom brings a unique perspective to their storytelling – creating masterpieces that resonate both at home and around the world. On behalf of the province and people of Ontario, I congratulate these award-winning authors and thank their publishers for ensuring that these great works continue to garner the global recognition and audience they deserve. “
~ Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Industries

“Each year, Ontario Creates is honored to celebrate four authors who join from ontario esteemed list of past winners of the Trillium Literary Awards, adding to this rich legacy. Ontario is a global force on the literary scene thanks to from ontario book publishing industry that contributes over $ 1 billion to our economy and continues to nurture and amplify the best storytellers in the province. ”
~ Aaron Campbell, president, Ontario creates

“Congratulations to all of our winning Trillium authors and publishers! Join us on Facebook Live for two online events with the winning authors in French and English. We also encourage you to take a literary journey this summer by reading these award-winning titles.
~ Karen Thorne-Pierre, President and CEO, Ontario Creates


  • There was 16 finalists for the four awards of the 2021 Trillium Literary Awards. Ontario Creates thanks the juries for this year’s awards and congratulates the publishers on these winning titles. (Information document available).
  • The Trillium Literary Prize / Trillium Prize encourages excellence in literature by investing in Ontariowriters based. The winners receive $ 20,000 and their respective editors receive $ 2,500 to promote the winning titles.
  • Three titles are shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language, which recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry. Three titles were shortlisted for the Trillium Literary Prize for French-language children’s literature, which is awarded in turn with the Trillium Literary Prizes for French-language poetry. The winner of each of these prizes receives $ 10,000 and their editor $ 2,000 for the promotion of winning titles.
  • Previous winners include internationally renowned authors and rising stars such as Téa Mutonji, Brand Dionne, Alice munro, Marguerite Atwood, Thomas the king, Marguerite Andersen, Andrée Lacelle, Diya Lim, Lisa L’Heureux and François Paré to name a few.
  • Publishing of books in Canada is a $ 1.7 billion industry, with Ontario contributing more than two-thirds of total national operating revenue to $ 1.1 billion.


Ontario Creates is proud to produce the Trillium Literary Awards each year. the Ontario the government created the Trillium Literary Prize in 1987 to recognize excellence, support marketing and increase public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and their works.

Ontario Creates is an agency of the Government of Ontario that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in from ontario creative industries, including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors. creationontario.ca

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