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
Hamilton Literary Awards
The Hamilton Arts Council is calling for submissions by Hamilton-area authors for the 22nd Annual Hamilton Literary Awards to recognize works and auth...
Short Fiction Contest
Entries must be original, unpublished stories, any genre, maximum length 2,500 words. Entrants must be Canadian citizens, or landed immigrants. En...
Toronto Book Awards
The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Authors are only eligible if their submis...
Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction
Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is...
Cedric Literary Awards
The Cedric Literary Awards are open to all full-time residents of British Columbia, aged 50 years or older as of January 1, 2015. Participants will be...
Lush Triumphant Literary Awards
Open to short fiction (3,000 words max), poetry (5 related poems, up to 15 pages), and creative non-fiction (max 4,000 words). Winning entries will re...
Northern Ontario Poetry Competition
All entrants must be Northern Ontario residents. Northern Ontario is defined as those residents who have addresses with postal codes beginning with th...
CBC Poetry Prize
Open to original, unpublished, poems or poetry collections between 400 and 600 words written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. <...
bpNichol Chapbook Award
The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to b...
Cundill Prize in Historical Literature
The Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill (Cundill Prize) was established in 2008 to recognize and promote literary and academic achievemen...
Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest
The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on unpublished Canadian poets. Launched by Heidi M. Stock in April (N...
Acorn-Plantos Award for Peoples Poetry
The Acorn-Plantos Award for Peoples Poetry is awarded annually to a Canadian poet, based on a book published in the previous calendar year. The work...
Walrus Poetry Prize
The Walrus Foundation is delighted to announce the fourth annual $4,000 Walrus Poetry Prize and $1,000 Readers’ Choice Award, generously supported b...
Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest
Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. Previously pub...
Lit POP Awards
This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States. The deadline for all submissions is July 1st 2015. Winners will be notified in Augu...
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: 2017-04-24 [Read More]
Atlantic Book Festival
The festival runs for a full week, with events throughout the Atlantic region. A gala is held the final day of the festival where the Atlantic Bo...
Starts: 2017-05-11 [Read More]