The Writers' Trust of Canada's
Matt Cohen Prize
- In Celebration of a Writing
The Writers' Trust of Canada's Matt Cohen Prize - In Celebration
of a Writing Life
Established in 2001 by the Writers' Trust of Canada and a group
of anonymous donors, the Matt Cohen Award recognizes a lifetime
of distinguished work by a Canadian writer, working in either poetry
or prose in either French or English. Valued at $20,000, it is one
of the richest literary awards in the country.
Matt Cohen died of cancer in December 1999, at the age of 56. His
first novel was published in 1969 and during his writing career
he published 34 books, including novels, short stories, poetry and
books for children. Cohen also worked on behalf of Canadian writers
through his long association with the Writers' Union of Canada.
He was a founding member of the Writers Union, and served
as an executive member for many years.
2006 Janet Lunn
2005 Howard Engel
2004 Audrey Thomas
2003 Fred Bodsworth
2002 Norman Levine
2001 Mavis Gallant
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