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Candidates should submit 5 - 10 pages (up to 2,500 words) of previously unpublished short fiction.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  • Unpublished in book form and without a book contract.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