Publishing in Canada
The Canadian government and various provincial governments offer support with a variety of funding programs that seek to promote a strong Canadian-controlled book industry to support Canadian authors.
Grants are also available for professional writers, helping with travel expenses as well as to provide income stability while creating new works.
Canada plays host to a number of fantastic book festivals and events each year. Many of these are held in the summer months to take advantage of more hospitable weather, but communities large and small within the country have literary events taking place all year long.
There are also a great number of literary contests and awards offered in Canada. Some of these are open to all, others are restricted to those within certain geographic boundaries.
Upcoming Canadian Contest Deadlines
Lionel Gelber Prize
The Lionel Gelber Prize was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. The prize is a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book ...
Saskatchewan Book Awards
The Saskatchewan Book Awards offers 14 annual or semi-annual awards to celebrate, promote and reward Saskatchewan authors and publishers worthy of rec...
J.M. Abraham Poetry Award
The J.M. Abraham Poetry Award was created by the writing community in the late 1990s. The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, with the assistanc...
Dartmouth Book Awards
The Dartmouth Book Awards honour Nova Scotia literature and recognize the valuable contribution writers make to our cultural heritage. Two prizes valu...
Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing
The Democracy 250 Book Award honors an outstanding work of non-fiction that promotes awareness of, and appreciation for, and aspect of the history of ...
Ann Connor Brimer Award
The $2000 prize is presented by The Nova Scotia Library Association to the author of a children’s book which has made an outstanding contributi...
Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
The Shaughnessy Cohen Prize is sponsored by Aimia and supported by the Politics and the Pen Gala. Now in its fifteenth year, the prize is awarded annu...
The Donner Prize encourages and celebrates excellence in public policy writing by Canadians, on topics of great importance to Canadians. The winner wi...
CLA Young Adult Book Award
This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English language Canadian book which appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18. To be el...
Anna Pidruchney Award for New Writers
Awarded to a novice writer under the age of 35 for a literary work which includes Ukrainian Canadian characters or is based on a Ukrainian Canadian t...
Canadian Science Writers' Association Book Awards
Each year the Canadian Science Writers' Association offers two book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing 1) intended for and ...
Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing
The Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing was established to recognize and promote literary achievement in the Social Sciences and Humanities fiel...
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
The Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award was established in 1985 following the death of Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver, one of Canada's pre-...
National Business Book Awards
Books must be Canadian business-related and published in 2015. Accepted themes include business management, business history, business biography, or e...
TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
All genres of books (i.e., picture books, fiction, non-fiction and poetry), written for young people up to age 12, are eligible for consideration. Te...
Recently Added Canadian Publishers
Concordia University Press
Concordia University Press is a non-profit publisher of peer-reviewed open access books that cross disciplinary boundaries and propel scholarly i...
Montreal, PQ CA [Read More]
Upcoming Canadian Book Events
Blue Metropolis Montreal Literary Festival
Blue Metropolis Foundation is a not-for-profit and charitable organization founded in 1997 that brings together people from different cultures to...
Starts: 2018-04-20 [Read More]
Ottawa International Writers Festival (Spring)
Ottawa's Festival of Ideas since 1997. We believe that a love of reading and learning should be nurtured throughout our lives and that literacy i...
Starts: 2018-04-27 [Read More]