CAA Air Canada Award
1979 to 2001
The CAA Awards for Adult Literature
The CAA administers several awards for full-length English-language literature for adults by authors who are Canadians or landed immigrants “honouring writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal.”
For more information about the CAA Awards for Adult Literature, please see the History of the CAA Writing Awards page.
CAA Air Canada Award
Replaced in 2006
This award was replaced by the CAA Emerging Writer Award beginning in 2006.
About the Award
Until funding ceased, the CAA Air Canada Award went to the Canadian (or landed immigrant) writer under 30 deemed to show most promise in the field of literary creation. There were no restrictions as to that field and a winner could be chosen for work in a variety of forms. Previous winners were ineligible but there was no limit on the number of times a writer may be nominated before the age limit (at April 30 in the year of the competition) was reached.
The award was given from 1979 to 2001 after which funding by Air Canada was withdrawn. Winners included Richard van Camp (Fort Smith, NWT), Lynn Coady (Vancouver), Rob McLennan (Ottawa), Treena Kortje (Saskatoon) and Madeleine Thien (Vancouver).
The CAA Air Canada Award to promising young Canadian authors was but one of several contributions made by the airline to cultural activities in Canada. Air Canada recognized and encouraged artistic achievement in many fields as part of its wide-ranging program of involvement in community affairs.
This Award was withdrawn in 2002 when Air Canada withdrew funding, replaced in 2006 by the CAA Emerging Writer Award.
CAA Air Canada Award Winners
- 1979 Russel Martin | Ottawa, ON
- 1980 Larry Krotz | Winnipeg, MB
- 1981 Gordon Korman | Thornhill, ON
- 1982 Gail Hamilton | Toronto, ON
- 1983 Kevin Longfield | Winnipeg, MB
- 1984 Mary KiMichele | Toronto, ON
- 1985 Andrea Lang | Winnipeg, BM
- 1986 Karen Connelly | Calgary, AB
- 1987 Nancy Painter | Treherne, MB
- 1988 Wayne Johnston | St. John's, NF
- 1989 Steven Heighton | Kingston, ON
- 1990 Evelyn Lau | Vancouver, BC
- 1991 Vivienne Laxdal | Chelsea, PQ
- 1992 Leslie Smith Dow | Ottawa, ON
- 1993 Yann Martel | Montreal, PQ
- 1994 Lesley-Anne Bourne | Charlottetown, PEI
- 1995 Kenneth Oppel | Corner Brook, NF
- 1996 Gregory Scofield | Maple Ridge, BC
- 1997 Richard van Camp | Fort Smith, NWT
- 1998 Lynn Coady | Vancouver, BC
- 1999 rob mclennan | Ottawa, ON
- 2000 Treena Kortje | Saskatoon, SK
- 2001 Madeleine Thien | Vancouver, BC
- 2002 This award was withdrawn.
- 2006 This award was replaced by the CAA-BookTelevision Emerging Writer Award.
Updated: March 30, 2011