Sponsored by Rogers Communications in collaboration with the Writers' Development Trust, this award was first given in 1997. The prize goes to the author of the novel or short story collection judged to be the year's best work of fiction. Presented in the spring for the previous year.
2002: Paulette Jiles, Enemy Women
2001: Margaret Sweatman, When Alice Lay Down with Peter
2000: Helen Humphries, Afterimage
1999: Peter Oliva, The City of Yes
1998: Greg Hollingshead, The Healer
1997: Austin Clarke, The Origin of Waves