New Contribution Literary Award


September 29 2023


Specific program


Prix Nouvel apport

Created by Blue Metropolis and the Conseil des arts de Montréal to showcase new voices in Montréal literature, the New Contribution Literary Award grants $5,000 to an allophone writer.

New Contribution Literary Award

NEW - Orora Self-Identification Form

From now on, you will be asked to complete an optional self-identification form when you apply on Orora. The information collected will be used to document and measure the impact of the Conseil’s initiatives, improve program eligibility, ensure fair access, help us better host and support artists from underrepresented groups, following the adoption of our equity policy in September 2023.

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Who is eligible for this award?

The award is open to allophone professional literary writers who are first- or second-generation immigrants.

What are the program’s objectives?

This program is designed to:

  • celebrate new literary voices from immigrant communities in Montréal
  • provide tangible support to the recipient
  • raise public awareness about cultural diversity in literature


What is the value of the award?

The recipient of the New Contribution Literary Award will receive a $5,000 grant. The publisher of
the winning work will also receive $300 in recognition of its contribution.

What do the partners contribute?

The Conseil des arts de Montréal is proud to partner with Blue Metropolis for this annual award.


What are the general eligibility criteria?
  • Must reside on the Island of Montréal
  • Must be a professional artist, as defined by the Conseil
Are there any special eligibility criteria? (if applicable)
  • Must be an allophone first- or second-generation immigrant author
What types of projects are eligible?

The New Contribution Literary Award recognizes a work by an emerging author published between December 1, 2022, and December 1, 2023. The author may not have published more than three titles, including the submitted work, to be eligible. The submitted work must have been published in Quebec, in French or English (translated or written in either language) by a professional publisher with a physical address. All literary genres are eligible.

When must the project be carried out?

The work must have been published betwen December 1, 2022, and December 1, 2023 (final versions of unpublished works accepted).

Who is not allowed to apply?

Ineligible applicants

Artists who do not meet the general and specific eligibility requirements are not eligible.

Ineligible projects

Self-published works or works published in a digital format only are not eligible.

Questions about certain terms?

Consult our glossary


How do I submit an application?

To apply, the publisher must mail four copies of the work to the following address by September 29, 2023:

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival
C/O Marie-Andrée Lamontagne, Director General, Programming and Communications
661 Rose-de-Lima Street, Suite 204
Montréal, QC
H4C 2L7


How are applications evaluated?

A jury determines the recipient of the award.


How is the grant paid?

Metropolis Bleu will pay the $5,000 award on behalf of the Conseil des arts de Montréal in a single instalment following the announcement of the recipient.

Need more information?
Marie-Andrée Lamontagne
Director General, Programming and Communications Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival
Lorena Sanchez Rojas 1
Philippe Gendreau
Cultural Advisor - Literature, Film / Video

514 280-2599