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Winners announced for the 2020 Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie literary award

Posted on Wednesday November 03, 2021

Winners announced for the 2020 Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie literary award

Jonathan Roy and Laura-Rose Thériault have won top honors in the 2020 edition of the Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie literary award. Due to the pandemic, the award could not be presented on October 7 at the Salon du livre de la Péninsule acadienne book fair. So the coordinating team filmed the ceremony at Librairie Pélagie in Caraquet with all parties in attendance. Reading enthusiasts can now watch the video and learn more about the 2020 finalists and winners at

Savèches à fragmentation, a poetry collection published by Éditions Perce-Neige, won Caraquet native Jonathan Roy a second coveted Prix Annuel award for literary excellence and $4,000 in prize money.

Our winner also had the opportunity to adapt his collection for the stage in cooperation with Théâtre populaire d’Acadie for a performance on November 10 at Centre culturel de Caraquet. This theatrical version will bring to life the poet’s enchanting words, brilliant and intense as a flame.

The Prix Volet Jeunesse Richelieu award went to Laura-Rose Thériault from Edmundston for her short story Les écrivains du sang. She took home $1,000 for her win.

Thériault was commended for her compelling and unexpected characters, as well as the slightly offbeat and fun world she invites readers to experience in her story and beyond.

The 2022 literary contest is on!
Authors have until December 31, 2021, to apply for the two contest awards. To learn more (in French), go to

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

The Prix littéraire Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie literary award was created in 1998 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Acadia Life. It recognizes Acadians who help Acadia shine around the world through their outstanding literary work. Since 1999, the literary award has granted $123,000 in prize money to 44 Acadian authors recognized for their excellence, to help them pursue their passion for literary creation.

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