New Literary Prize


Blue Metropolis Literary Festival announces new LGBTQ literary prize

Nicole Brossard named winner of inaugural Blue Metropolis Violet Prize

Presented by Air Canada


Montreal, February 23, 2018 – Blue Metropolis Literary Festival is proud to announce the creation of a new LGBTQ literary prize, the first of its kind in Canada. The Blue Metropolis Violet Prize will be bestowed each year to an established LGBTQ Canadian writer for their body of work.


The $5,000 prize, presented by Air Canada, will alternate each year between a Francophone and an Anglophone writer. The prize will recognize the overall contribution the writer has made to LGBTQ literature in Quebec and Canada. To be eligible, a writer must have published at least three books with recognized publishing houses.


For its inaugural year, the jury selected poet, novelist and essayist Nicole Brossard to receive the award. Born in Montreal, Brossard is the author of more than forty books, including Le Désert mauve. She has won many literary prizes for her work, including the Prix Athanase-David, the Prix Molson and the Prix Benjamin Fondane. Her most recent publications are Lumière fragment d’envers, Temps qui installe les miroirs and Et me voici en train de refaire le monde.


The jury for this year’s prize was comprised of Domenico A. Beneventi, Marie-Ève Blais and Line Chamberland. They had this to say about her work:

“Although her literary contribution is widely celebrated in Quebec and internationally, we can not say enough about how important a figure Nicole Brossard has been in feminist and LGBTQ + struggles. A demanding and honest writer, her contribution to Quebec literature is infamous, particularly because of her poetry, which has renewed the genre in every sense of the word. Avant-garde, formalist, intelligent, radical: Nicole Brossard’s writing has changed Quebec’s literary landscape. A multi-faceted activist, she has left a lasting mark in both feminism and international lesbian culture during the second half of the twentieth century, notably through the magazine Têtes de pioche, which she co-founded, and the translation of her books into German, English, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian and Slovenian. She is now also an entry in the dictionary Le Petit Robert des noms propres.”

– Domenico A. Beneventi, Marie-Ève Blais, Line Chamberland


Nicole Brossard will receive her award at a special prize ceremony, co-presented with Never Apart, during this year’s Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. The event, hosted by Denis-Martin Chabot, takes place on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Never Apart (7049 St. Urbain). Admission is $10.


The Blue Metropolis Violet Prize ceremony is part of Violet Metropolis, a series of LGBTQ-themed literary events at this year’s Blue Metropolis Festival (April 26-29, 2018).



Blue Metropolis Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 that brings together people from different cultures to share the pleasure of reading and writing, and encourages creativity and intercultural understanding. The Foundation produces an Annual Literary Festival of international calibre and offers a wide range of educational and social programs year-round, both in classrooms and online. These programs use reading and writing as therapeutic tools, encourage academic perseverance, and fight against poverty and social isolation.



Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Air Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2017 served approximately 48 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 60 in the United States and 98 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada supports events, initiatives or organizations that helps bringing Canada’s communities together, through the celebration of the following pillars of our society: Official Languages (or Bilingualism), Canada’s First Nations, Diversity & Inclusion, Equity & Leadership, Peace & Social Justice, Regional and International Economic Growth, Youth and other community events or initiatives.


Never Apart is a non-profit organization in Montréal, Québec, Canada, determined to bring about social change and spiritual awareness through cultural programming with global reach and impact.






Christopher DiRaddo
Programming Associate – Blue Metropolis
(514) 806-5087

Shelley Pomerance
Media Relations
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