The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing.
2018 Prize Guidelines

A prize of $10,000 will be awarded for the best work of short fiction.
Two honourable mentions will each receive $2,500.
Finalists will benefit from a mentorship opportunity.

Candidates should submit 5 - 10 pages (up to 2,500 words) of previously unpublished short fiction.

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).

To be eligible candidates must be:
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Under the age of 35 as of March 5, 2018.
  • Previously published in an independently edited literary magazine, journal, or anthology.
  • Unpublished in book form and without a book contract. (A self-published book or chapbook is not disqualifying.)

Formatting guidelines:

  • Give your submission one overall title. Include that title at the top of your manuscript and in the file name of your PDF, and ensure both match the name given for your submission. You do not need a title page within your submission.
  • Your manuscript must not include your name or identifying information.
  • Include consecutively numbered page numbers.
  • Do not use images within your manuscript.
  • Use any font you wish in 11 pt size.
  • Double or 1.5 line spacing is preferred.
  • Your submission can be a single short story or an excerpt from a longer piece of fiction.

The winner will be announced on May 28, 2018 at a ceremony in Toronto.

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

Ends on February 21, 2018
Four writers will be selected to live and work for three months each in Dawson City, Yukon, in the childhood home of noted Canadian author Pierre Berton. Residents will receive a $6,000 honorarium, part of which may be covered by the Canada Council for the Arts’ Research and Creation grant program. (Successful Berton House applicants are required to apply to the Research and Creation program before receiving an honorarium from the Writers’ Trust.) Housing and travel costs are covered by the Writers’ Trust.

Residents are required to perform a public reading at the Whitehorse Public Library and the Dawson City Community Library. As well, they are encouraged to engage further with the local community by holding writing workshops in the community, interacting with the public and local literary communities, participating in local events and festivals, and availing themselves and their work to local and national media.

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To be eligible candidates must:
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have published at least one book with a professional publishing house and established themselves in any literary creative discipline (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, young readers, playwriting). Self-published writers or writers working in other genres are not eligible at this time.

All applicants will be notified of the results in late April 2018.

For more information, please visit or contact:
James Davies, Program Director
1-877-906-6548 x245