The Governor General's Award for English-language fiction is a Canadian literary award that annually recognizes one Canadian writer for a fiction book written in English. Beginning 1987 it is one of fourteen Governor General's Awards for Literary Merit, seven each for creators of English- and French-language books. The awards was created by the Canadian Authors Association in partnership with Lord Tweedsmuir in 1936. In 1959, the award became part of the Governor General's Awards program at the Canada Council for the Arts in 1959. The age requirement is 18 and up.
The winners alone were announced until 1979, when Canada Council released in advance a shortlist of three nominees. Omitted only for 1981, the advance shortlist has numbered three to six; from 1997, always five.
Winners and nominees
|1936||Bertram Brooker||Think of the Earth|
|1937||Laura Salverson||The Dark Weaver|
|1938||Gwethalyn Graham||Swiss Sonata|
|1939||Franklin D. McDowell||The Champlain Road|
|1941||Alan Sullivan||Three Came to Ville Marie|
|1942||G. Herbert Sallans||Little Man|
|1943||Thomas H. Raddall||The Pied Piper of Dipper Creek|
|1944||Gwethalyn Graham||Earth and High Heaven|
|1945||Hugh MacLennan||Two Solitudes|
|1946||Winifred Bambrick||Continental Revue|
|1947||Gabrielle Roy||The Tin Flute|
|1948||Hugh MacLennan||The Precipice|
|1949||Philip Child||Mr. Ames Against Time|
|1950||Germaine Guèvremont||The Outlander|
|1951||Morley Callaghan||The Loved and the Lost|
|1952||David Walker||The Pillar|
|1954||Igor Gouzenko||The Fall of a Titan|
|1955||Lionel Shapiro||The Sixth of June|
|1956||Adele Wiseman||The Sacrifice|
|1957||Gabrielle Roy||Street of Riches|
|1959||Hugh MacLennan||The Watch That Ends the Night|
|1960||Brian Moore||The Luck of Ginger Coffey|
|1961||Malcolm Lowry||Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place|
|1962||Kildare Dobbs||Running to Paradise|
|1963||Hugh Garner||Hugh Garner's Best Stories|
|1964||Douglas LePan||The Deserter|
|1965||No award presented|
|1966||Margaret Laurence||A Jest of God|
|1967||No award presented|
|1968||Alice Munro||Dance of the Happy Shades|
|1969||Robert Kroetsch||The Studhorse Man|
|1970||Dave Godfrey||The New Ancestors|
|1971||Mordecai Richler||St. Urbain's Horseman|
|1972||Robertson Davies||The Manticore|
|1973||Rudy Wiebe||The Temptations of Big Bear|
|1974||Margaret Laurence||The Diviners|
|1975||Brian Moore||The Great Victorian Collection|
|1977||Timothy Findley||The Wars|
|1978||Alice Munro||Who Do You Think You Are?|
|1979||Jack Hodgins||The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne|
|Margaret Atwood||Life Before Man|
|Matt Cohen||The Sweet Second Summer of Kitty Malone|
|2020||Michelle Good||Five Little Indians|||
|Francesca Ekwuyasi||Butter Honey Pig Bread|||
|Thomas King||Indians on Vacation|
|Lisa Robertson||The Baudelaire Fractal|
|Leanne Betasamosake Simpson||Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies|
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