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The Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie literary award unveils its 2023 winners

The Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie literary award unveils its 2023 winners

Dieppe, October 21, 2023 - Rose Després, Neila Selouani and Cindy Roy took top honors in the 2023 edition of the Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie literary awards. The ceremony was held on October 21 during the Salon du livre de Dieppe.

Séjour à Belle-Côte, a collection of poetry published by Prise de Parole, won Cocagne native, Rose Després, the coveted Prix Annuel, which recognizes excellence in literary work. The winner receives a $4,000 bursary.

The Jury emphasized the strength of this remarkable pen, both in terms of its vividly imaged language and the author’s sincerity and generosity. This is a collection by a survivor who chooses hope and still believes in the beauty of the humain being and all its potential.

The Prix Volet Jeunesse Richelieu was awarded to Bathurst-born, Neila Selouani, for her poetry collection Folies qui somnolent. The winner receives a $1,000 prize.

In this work, the poet is praised for the seriousness of her writing and research, as well as for the philosophical reflection that runs through her verses.

Every five years, the Prix Quinquennal honors the body of work of a French-speaking author claiming Acadian identity. This year, it was awarded to Dalhousie-native Cindy Roy.

The Jury was impressed by the author's prolific body of work. The jury was also keen to highlight the important role she plays in the field of literacy. Sensitive to the challenges of French in minority situations, she works as a cultural facilitator with young children and their parents, helping them to develop a taste for reading.

The 2024 literary contest is launched!

Until December 31, 2023, authors are invited to submit their applications for the two literary awards. For more details, visit


About the Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie literary award

Founded in 1998 as part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of Acadie Vie, the Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie recognizes Acadians who, through the quality of their literary work, contribute to the influence and promotion of Acadia around the world. Since 1999, the Prix has awarded $123,000 in bursaries to 44 Acadian authors, recognized for the excellence of their work, to help them pursue their passion for literary creation.



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