Like any prize, the Governor General's Awards are controversial from time to time; contemporary judgements do not always stand the test of time. There is a general complaint that writers have not always won for their best work, and there are specific criticisms (eg, the failure of Northrop FRYE's The Great Code to win an award in 1983). Some winners have refused to accept the award for political reasons. Nevertheless the Governor General's Awards are the pre-eminent LITERARY PRIZE offered for single works in Canada. They serve to reward Canadian writers as well as to publicize Canadian writing through the announcement of short-listed nominees and the awards ceremony each fall.
Links to Other Sites
Canada Council for the Arts
The website for the Canada Council for the Arts. Check out the many awards given annually to noteworthy Canadian performers and organizations in the arts. See also the "News Room" for the latest announcements.
Search this site for brief biogarphies of recipients of honours and awards presented by the Governor General of Canada.
Governor General's Literary Awards
The website for the Governor General's Literary Awards, which are given annually to the best English-language and the best French-language book in each of the seven categories of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (text), children's literature (illustration) and translation.
The Governor General’s Literary Awards
See an illustrated history of the Governor General’s Literary Awards that examines their importance to publishers, how winners’ books are marketed, and the effect of the awards on book sales. From the website "Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing", McMaster University.