The Book of Negroes won several awards, including The Rogers/Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, both CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio Canada’s Le Combat des livres, and The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, which came with a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II. The Book of Negroes television miniseries, which Lawrence Hill co-wrote with director Clement Virgo, attracted millions of viewers CBC in Canada and on BET in the United States in 2015, and won many awards, including eleven Canadian Screen Awards and the NAACP award for best writing of a television motion picture.

Blood: The Stuff of Life won the Hamilton Literary Award for non-fiction. 

Defended by Olympic gold medallist and philanthropist Clara Hughes, The Illegal won Canada Reads 2016, making Hill the first writer to win the prize twice.

Hill has received five honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, and in 2015 received the Governor General’s History Award, and was appointed to the Order of Canada and inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.