The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing.
2017 Prize Guidelines

A prize of $10,000 will be awarded for the best work of poetry.
Two honourable mentions will each receive $2,500.
Each finalist will win a trip to Toronto to attend the award ceremony on May 30, 2017 and a mentorship opportunity.

To be eligible candidates must be:
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Under the age of 35 as of March 6, 2017.
  • Previously published in an independently edited literary magazine, journal, or anthology.
  • Unpublished in book form and without a book contract.
Candidates should submit 5 - 10 pages of previously unpublished poetry.

Manuscript pages must not include identifying information. Please number pages consecutively.

By submitting to this award, candidates grant the Writers’ Trust of Canada permission to publish their work in print and digital formats should they be shortlisted (all rights reserved by the author).


The winner will be announced on May 30, 2017 at a ceremony in Toronto.

For more information, please visit or contact:
Amanda Hopkins, Program Manager
ahopkins @
1-877-906-6548 x242
Ends on April 20, 2017

The Writers’ Trust Fellowship was created to identify and support the leading Canadian writers of our time. This unrestricted grant of $50,000 will be awarded to a writer who has demonstrated exceptional creative ability and outstanding promise in their publications to date. Its purpose is to provide writers a window in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible.

The Writers’ Trust of Canada welcomes nomination letters from the general public.

Who is eligible?

·         All writers working in the categories of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, or literature for young people, who have a strong publishing track record and whose upcoming publications are eagerly anticipated.

·         Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents writing in English.

·         There is no age criterion.

Please keep in mind that the Fellowship is not intended as a lifetime achievement award or as recognition for a single work, and that writers will be considered without regard to commercial success or whether or not they have been or are likely to be recipients of other literary honours.

Your nomination letter should be no more than two pages and make a case for your nominee’s selection with a description of their work and the impact and influence of their writing. We ask that you underline one or two exemplary titles that best represent the nominee’s talent. Your letter will be read by members of a two-tiered adjudication panel with expertise on contemporary Canadian literature. As such, you do not need to provide general biographical details of the writer for whom you are advocating. There is no need to accompany your letter with a resume, a list of additional references, or further documentation. Simply tell us why their work shines so bright, and why they should be the next Writers’ Trust Fellow.

The deadline is April 20, 2017.

All nomination letters will be handled with complete discretion. Nominees will not be informed that they were nominated for the Fellowship. The recipient of the Fellowship will be announced in late November.

If you have any questions about the eligibility of your nominee, or the submission process, or require further information please contact:
James Davies, Program Director
1-877-906-6548 x245