The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award was first presented in 1978. It is named in honour of Evelyn Richardson, who in 1945 won the Governor General’s Non-Fiction Award for We Keep A Light, her memoir of life in a family of lighthouse keepers in Shelburne County. The $2,000 prize goes to a Nova Scotia writer of non-fiction.
- Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief by Kate Inglis (Shambhala Publications)
- No Place to Go: How Public Toilets Fail Our Private Needs by Lezlie Lowe (Coach House Books)
- Following the River: Traces of Red River Women by Lorri Neilsen Glenn (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.)
Greystone Books and the David Suzuki Foundation.
McClelland & Stewart.
2010: John DeMont, Coal Black Heart: The Story of Coal and the Lives it Ruled.
2009: William B. Naftel, Halifax at War: Searchlights, Squadrons, and Submarines 1939-1945.
2008: Marq de Villiers, The Witch in the Wind: The True Story of the Legendary Bluenose.
Thomas Allen Publishers.
2007: Linden MacIntyre, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence.
2006: Linda Johns, Birds of a Feather: Tales of a Wild Bird Haven.
2005: Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle, A Dune Adrift.
2004: Harry Thurston, Island of the Blessed: the Secrets of Egypt's Everlasting Oasis.
2003: Stephen Kimber, Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War.
2002: Kent Thompson, Getting Out of Town by Book and Bike.
2001: Joan Baxter, A Serious Pair of Shoes: An African Journal.
2000: Robin Metcalfe, Studio Rally.
1999: Silver Donald Cameron, The Living Beach.
1998: Harry Bruce, An Illustrated History of Nova Scotia.
1997: Harry Thurston, The Nature of Shorebirds: Nomads of the Wetlands.
1996: Simone Poirier-Bures, That Shining Place.
1995: Elizabeth Pacey, Landmarks: Historic Buildings of Nova Scotia.
1994: Peter Brock, Variations on a Planet.
1993: Sally Ross and Alphonse Deveau, The Acadians of Nova Scotia: Past and Present.
1992: Robert Pope, Illness and Healing: Images of Cancer.
1991: Harry Thurston, Tidal Life: a Natural History of the Bay of Fundy.
1990: Judith Fingard, The Dark Side of Life in Victorian Halifax.
1989: Dean Jobb, Shades of Justice: Seven Nova Scotia Murder Cases.
1988: Harold Horwood, Dancing on the Shore: A Celebration of Life at Annapolis Basin.
1987: Tony Foster, Meeting of Generals.
1986: P. B. Waite, The Man from Halifax: Sir John Thompson, Prime Minister.
1985: Lilias M. Toward, Mabel Bell: Alexander's Silent Partner.
1984: Brian C. Cuthbertson, The Loyalist Governor: A Biography of Sir John Wentworth.
1983: J. Murray Beck, Joseph Howe: Volume 1, Conservative Reformer, 1804-1848.
1982: Bruce Armstrong, Sable Island.
1981: Kay Hill, Joe Howe: The Man Who Was Nova Scotia.
1980: Joan and L.J. Payzant, Like a Weaver's Shuttle: A History of the Halifax-Dartmouth Ferries.
1979: Alden Nowlan, Double Exposure.
1978: Harry Bruce, Lifeline: The Story of the Atlantic Ferries and Coastal Boats.