Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada collaborate to honour the finest in Canadian literature.

The categories are: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. Below are the Saskatchewan winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards.

2015

  • Guy Vanderhaeghe: Fiction, for Daddy Lenin (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada; distributed by the publisher) 

2010

  • Dianne Warren: Fiction, for Cool Water (Phyllis Bruce Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
  • Allan Casey: Non-Fiction, for Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada (Greystone Books, an imprint of D&M Publishers / David Suzuki Foundation; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)

2006

  • Ross King: Non-Fiction, for The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism (Bond Street Books, an imprint of Doubleday Canada, a division of Random House of Canada; distributed by the publisher)

2003

  • Tim Lilburn: Poetry, for Kill-site (McClelland & Stewart; distributed by Random House of Canada)
  • Allen Sapp: Children's Literature - Illustration, for The Song Within My Heart, text by Dave Bouchard (Raincoast Books; distributed by Raincoast Book Distribution)

2002

  • Gloria Sawai: Fiction, for A Song for Nettie Johnson (Coteau Books)

2001

  • Arthur Slade: Children's Literature - Text, for Dust (Harper Collins Canada)

1996

  • Guy Vanderhaeghe: Fiction, for The Englishman's Boy (McClelland & Stewart)

1995

  • Anne Szumigalski: Poetry, for Voice (Coteau Books/Mendel Art Gallery)

1994

  • Rudy Wiebe: Fiction, for A Discovery of Strangers (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)

1992

  • Maggie Siggins: Non-Fiction, for Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm (McLelland and Stewart)
  • Lorna Crozier: Poetry, for Inventing the Hawk (McLelland and Stewart)

1989

  • Robert Calder: Non-Fiction, for Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham (William Heinemann)

1985

  • Fred Wah: Poetry, for Waiting for Saskatchewan (Turnstone Press)

1982

  • Guy Vanderhaegue: Fiction, for Man Descending (Macmillan of Canada)

1978

  • Patrick Lane: Poetry, for Poems New and Selected (Oxford University Press)

1973

  • Rudy Wiebe: Fiction, for The Temptations of Big Bear (McLelland & Stewart)

1967

  • Eli Mandel: Poetry, for An Idiot Joy (M.G. Hurtig)