Billy-Ray Belcourt, Aviaq Johnston among winners of 2018 Indigenous Voices Awards

Seven writers were recognised in total. The prizes for published work were $5,000 each and the prizes for unpublished work were $2,000 each.
Poet Billy-Ray Belcourt and author Aviaq Johnston won Indigenous Voices Awards (IVAs) in 2018. (Frontenac House/Aviaq Johnston)

Billy-Ray Belcourt and Aviaq Johnston are among the winners of the 2018 Indigenous Voices Awards (IVAs).

The IVAs, established in 2017 to celebrate emerging Indigenous writers, announced winners at an event in Regina this week. There are seven categories, which include works in English, French and Indigenous languages, and recognizes both published and unpublished work.

The prizes for published work were $5,000 each and the prizes for unpublished work were $2,000 each. 

Belcourt won the prize for the most significant work of poetry in English for his collection This Wound is a World

Johnston's YA book, Those Who Run in the Skywon the award for most significant work of prose in English.

The other winners were:

  • Most significant work of prose in French: De Vengeance by J.D. Kurtness 
  • Most significant work in an alternative format​: Musical Selections by Mich Cota and Nipê Wânîn by Mika Lafond
  • Unpublished poetic piece(s) in English: #haikuaday and other poems by Smokii Sumac
  • Unpublished poetic piece(s) in French: Uashteu by Marie-Andrée Gill
  • Unpublished prose piece: Queen Bee by Elaine McArthur

The prizes were judged by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Gregory Scofield, Jean Sioui and Richard Van Camp.


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