- Fiction: Kenneth Bonert (Toronto) for The Lion Seeker; Joseph Boyden (New Orleans) for The Orenda; Eleanor Catton (Iowa City, Iowa) for The Luminaries; Colin McAdam (Toronto) for A Beautiful Truth; Shyam Selvadurai (Toronto) for The Hungry Ghosts.
- Poetry: Austin Clarke (Toronto) for Where The Sun Shines Best; Adam Dickinson (St. Catharines, Ont.) for The Polymers; Don Domanski (Halifax) for Bite Down Little Whisper; Russell Thornton (Vancouver) for Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain; Katherena Vermette (Winnipeg) for North End Love Songs.
- Drama: Nicolas Billon (Montreal) for Fault Lines; Meg Braem (Calgary) for Blood: A Scientific Romance; Kate Hewlett (Stratford, Ont.) for The Swearing Jar; Lawrence Jeffery (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.) for Frenchtown; Joseph Jomo Pierre (Toronto) for Shakespeare's Nigga.
- Non-fiction: Carolyn Abraham (Toronto) for The Juggler's Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us; Sandra Djwa (Vancouver) for Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page; Nina Munk (New York) for The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty; Allen Smutylo (Wiarton, Ont.) for The Memory of Water; Priscila Uppal (Toronto) for Projection.
- Children's Literature — Text: Beverley Brenna (Saskatoon) for The White Bicycle; Shane Peacock (Baltimore, Ont.) for Becoming Holmes: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case; Jean E. Pendziwol (Thunder Bay, Ont.) for Once Upon a Northern Night; Valerie Sherrard (Miramichi, N.B.) for Counting Back From Nine; Teresa Toten (Toronto) for The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.
- Children's Literature — Illustration: Rachel Berman (Toronto) for Miss Mousie's Blind Date, text by Tim Beiser; Gary Clement (Toronto) for Oy, Feh, So?, text by Cary Fagan; Matt James (Toronto) for Northwest Passage, text by Stan Rogers; Jon Klassen (Los Angeles) for The Dark, text by Lemony Snicket; Julie Morstad (Vancouver) for How To, text by Julie Morstad.
- Translation – French to English: Robert Majzels (Calgary) for For Sure, English translation of Pour sûr by France Daigle; Rhonda Mullins (Montreal) for And the Birds Rained Down, English translation of Il pleuvait des oiseaux by Jocelyne Saucier; George Tombs (Montreal) for Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage, English translation of Deux siècles d’esclavage au Québec by Marcel Trudel; Luise von Flotow (Ottawa) for The Stalinist's Wife, English translation of La femme du stalinien by France Théoret; Donald Winkler (Montreal) for The Major Verbs, English translation of Les verbes majeurs by Pierre Nepveu.
The winners will be announced in Toronto on Nov. 13, with a ceremony honouring them to follow in Ottawa on Nov. 28.