A Newfoundland actor, writer and comedian has won the 2012 BMO Winterset Award.

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Newfoundland actor Andy Jones won the 2012 BMO Winterset Award.

Andy Jones has been presented with the award for his book, Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves 

The Winterset Award recognizes excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. An awards ceremony was held on Thursday at Government House in St. John's.

The two other finalists were Greg Malone for Don't Tell the Newfoundlanders and Russell Wangersky for Whirl Away

The prize awarded to the annual winner is $10,000, while the finalists each receive $2,500. It is Atlantic Canada's richest literary prize and one of the richest regional awards in Canada.

31 works by Newfoundland and Labrador authors, either native-born or resident, were submitted by publishers from across the country. Books in any genre that were published in 2012 were eligible.

The BMO Winterset Award was established in 2000 by journalist and author Richard Gwyn to honour the memory of his wife, Sandra Fraser Gwyn. The award is named after the historic house on Winter Avenue in St. John's, where she grew up.