Mission Statement

The Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures is a learned society that promotes research, pedagogies, new knowledges, literary criticism and theory about the diverse literatures of Canada and Québec. ACQL also seeks to foster scholarly conversation between those committed to the study and research of these literatures in English and French.



The ACQL organizes an annual conference as part of the annual Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS). We also offer substantial discounts on journal subscriptions to Voix et images, Lettres québécoise, Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne, Canadian Poetry, Open Letter: A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory, Tessera, Essays on Canadian Writing.


ACQL annually awards two juried prizes for the best book-length studies in Canadian and Québec literary criticism, one in English and one in French. The prestigious Gabrielle Roy Prize is the only one of its kind for literary criticism on Canadian and Québec topics in Canada.


In order to encourage new directions in research, ACQL decided in May 2005 to offer an annual prize for the best paper presented at the annual conference by a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher. In 2010, the prize was renamed in honour of the late Barbara Godard, a well-respected Canadian literary scholar who was strongly involved with ACQL since its inception and was especially dedicated to her students.


Communication and publication

The ACQL publishes an annual electronic newsletter with information on our call for papers and our annual conference program, in addition to other news of interest to members.

2012 Newsletter (pdf)

2011 Newsletter (pdf)

Student support

We welcome and support young scholars by providing an opportunity and context for publicly presenting their research.