Awards & Recognitions

Margaret Atwood has been recognized internationally for her work through awards and honourary degrees.

1960-1969:

  • E.J. Pratt Medal, 1961
  • President’s Medal, University of Western Ontario, 1965
  • Governor General’s Award: Circle Game, 1966
  • Centennial Commission Poetry Competition, First, 1967
  • Union Poetry Prize, Poetry (Chicago), 1969

1970-1979:

  • Officer, Order of Canada, 1973
  • The Bess Hoskins Prize, Poetry (Chicago), 1974
  • The City of Toronto Book Award, 1977
  • The Canadian Bookseller’s Association Award, 1977
  • Periodical Distributors of Canada Short Fiction, 1977
  • St. Lawrence Award for Fiction, 1978

1980-1989:

  • Radcliffe Graduate medal, 1980
  • Molson Award, 1981
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1981
  • Companion of the Order of Canada, 1981
  • Welsh Arts Council International Writer’s Prize, 1982
  • Periodical Distributors of Canada and the Foundation for The Advancement of Canadian Letters Book of the Year Award 1983
  • Ida Nudel Humanitarian Award, 1986
  • Toronto Arts Award, 1986
  • Governor General’s Award, The Handmaid’s Tale 1986
  • Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, 1986
  • Ms. Magazine, Woman of the Year, 1986
  • Short-listed for the Booker Prize (England), 1987
  • Short-listed for the Ritz Hemingway Prize (Paris), 1987
  • Arthur C. Clarke Award for best Science Fiction, 1987
  • Commonwealth Literary Prize, Regional winner, 1987
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Silver Medal, Best Article of the Year, 1987
  • Humanist of the Year Award, 1987
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1987
  • YWCA Women of Distinction Award, 1988
  • National Magazine Award for Environmental Journalism, First Prize, 1988
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Honourary Member, Literature, 1988
  • Cat’s Eye, Torgi Talking Book (CNIB), 1989
  • Cat’s Eye, City of Toronto Book Award, 1989
  • Cat’s Eye, Coles Book of the Year, 1989
  • Canadian Booksellers Association Author of the Year 1989
  • Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters / Periodical Marketers of Canada Book of the Year 1989 for Cat’s Eye
  • Short-listed for the Booker Prize (England), 1989

1990-1999:

  • Order of Ontario, 1990
  • Centennial Medal, Harvard University, 1990
  • Trillium Award for Excellence in Ontario writing, for Wilderness Tips, 1992
  • John Hughes Prize, from the Welsh Development Board, 1992
  • Book of the Year Award from the Periodical Marketers of Canada, for Wilderness Tips, 1992
  • Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, 1992
  • Canadian Authors’ Association Novel of the Year,  for The Robber Bride, 1993
  • Trillium Award for Excellence in Ontario Writing (The Robber Bride), 1994
  • Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Canadian and Caribbean Region, for The Robber Bride, 1994
  • Government of France’s Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 1994
  • Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence (The Robber Bride, London U.K.), 1994
  • Swedish Humour Association’s International Humourous Writer Award, 1995
  • Best Local Author, NOW Magazine Readers’ Poll, 1995
  • Trillium Award for Excellence in Ontario writing, for Morning in the Burned House, 1995
  • Norwegian Order of Literary Merit, 1996
  • Short-listed for the Booker Prize for Alias Grace, 1996
  • The Giller Prize for Alias Grace, 1996
  • Canadian Booksellers Association Author of the Year, 1996
  • National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature, U.S.A., 1997
  • Premio Mondello for Alias Grace, Italy, 1997
  • Best Local Author, NOW Magazine Readers’ Poll, 1997
  • Salon Magazine Best Fiction of the Year for Alias Grace, 1997
  • Best Local Author, NOW Magazine Readers’ Poll, 1998
  • London Literature Award, 1999
  • Best Local Author, NOW Magazine Readers’ Poll, 1999

2000-2010:

  • Best Local Author, NOW Magazine Readers’ Poll, 2000
  • Winner Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin, 2000
  • Nominated for the Orange Prize, 2001
  • International Crimewriters Assocation Dashiell Hammett Award, 2001
  • Canadian Booksellers Association People’s Choice Award, 2001
  • Short-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for The Blind Assassin, 2002
  • NOW Magazine Readers’ Poll, 2003
  • The Radcliffe Medal, 2003
  • Harold Washington Literary Award, 2003
  • Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize for Oryx and Crake, 2003
  • Short-listed for the Giller Prize for Oryx and Crake, 2003
  • Short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for Oryx and Crake, 2003
  • Short-listed for the Orange Prize for Oryx and Crake, 2004
  • NOW Magazine Readers’ Poll, 2004
  • Short-listed for the Booker International Prize, 2005
  • Banff Centre’s National Arts Award, 2005
  • Edinburgh’s International Book Festival Enlightenment Award, 2005
  • Chicago Tribune Literary Prize, 2005
  • Markets Initiative Order of the Forest, 2006
  • Short-listed for Booker International Prize, 2007
  • Winner Blue Metropolis Literary Grand Prix, Montreal, 2007
  • Finalist, Gov. General’s Literary Award for The Door, 2007
  • Kenyon Review Literary Achievement Award, USA, 2007
  • Honourary Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, 2007
  • Prince of Asturias Award for Letters, Spain, 2008

2010- :

  • Prince of Asturias Award for Letters, Spain, 2008
  • Crystal Award, World Economic Forum, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 2010
  • Nelly Sachs Prize, Dortmund, Germany, 2010
  • Dan David Prize for Literature, 2011
  • Sun Life Financial Arts & Communications Award: 2011 Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100
  • Governor General of Canada’s Golden Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • Canadian Booksellers’ Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012
  • Nashville Public Library Foundation Literary Award, 2012
  • Companion, Royal Society of Literature, 2012
  • L.A. Times Innovator’s Award, 2013
  • Heart and Vision Award, Toronto United Church Council, 2013
  • President’s Medal (with Graeme Gibson), BirdLife International, 2013
  • 2014 Harvard Arts Medal
  • 2014 Orion Book Award for MaddAddam (fiction)
  • Toronto Botanical Gardens Aster Award, 2014
  • Institute for Arts & Humanities Medal, Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  • Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, 2015
  • Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story (Stone Mattress: Nine Tales), 2015

Honorary Degrees:

Trent University, 1973; Queen’s University, 1974; Concordia, 1980; Smith College, Mass., 1982; University of Toronto, 1983; University of Waterloo, 1985; University of Guelph, 1985; Mount Holyoke College, 1985; Victoria College, 1987; Université de Montréal, 1991; University of Leeds, 1994; McMaster University, 1996; Lakehead University, 1998; Oxford University, 1998; Cambridge University, 2001; Algoma University, 2001; Harvard University, 2004; Sorbonne Nouvelle 2005; Literary and Historical Society, University College Dublin 2005; Ontario College of Art and Design, 2009; National University of Ireland, 2011; Ryerson University, 2012; Royal Military College, 2012. Doctor Honoris Causa by the Faculty of English Language and Literature, School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2013. Doctor of Letters, University of Edinburgh, 2014.