The Vancouver-based, Brampton-raised writer, poet, and professor was named recipient of the $100,000 prize, the richest accolade in Canadian literature.
O’Neill was announced as the recipient of the $50,000 prize at the Writers’ Trust Gala in Toronto on Nov. 14.
The nearly $100,000 Cundill History Prize is awarded to the best English-language history writing.
Six prizes of $3,000 each were presented at the QWF Literary Awards gala in Montreal on Nov. 5.
André Alexis wins his second Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize while Jenny Heijun Wills wins the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for her debut.
The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Dec. 12 to be hosted by Governor General Julie Payette.
The seven juried prizes, which cover fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and kidlit categories, will each be worth $3,000.
Three finalists have been announced for the Cundill History Prize.
Books by Kenneth Oppel, Jonathan Auxier, Kyo Maclear, Faith Erin Hicks, and more will be read and voted on by students in Ontario.
The $50,000 prize went to Smith’s middle-grade novel-in-verse Ebb & Flow while Jillian Tamaki won the CBC Fan Choice Award.