Directory of book publishers, literary awards, book events and more

Publishing in Canada

Canadian Book Publishers

Canada has a vibrant publishing industry, with many publishers representing all genres of books. According to Booknet Canada, Canadians are more likely to have read a book in the past year than their counterparts to the south.

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

Taste Canada Food Writing Awards
Taste Canada - The Food Writing Awards is the highest honour for culinary writing in the country. The Awards are presented in Toronto each year at the...
Deadline: 2018-02-21

Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
This contest is open only to Christians. It is open to all Christians. You do not need to be a member of Utmost Christian Writers. You may be a publis...
Deadline: 2018-02-28

Claremont Review Annual Writing Contest
This international magazine for young writers hosts an annual writing contest for writers from 13 to 19 years old. Winners are selected in both poetry...
Deadline: 2018-03-15

Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest
n the spirit of Edna’s contributions to the genre, we are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal...
Deadline: 2018-03-28

Martyn Godfrey Young Writers Award
This is an annual, juried contest open to all Albertan students in grades 4 through 9. Students are invited to submit their best short stories (500-15...
Deadline: 2018-03-31

Word by Word - WCSC Short Fiction Contest
Final judge: Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists, Toronto.
The maximum word count is 1500 words (title not included). Any entries longe...
Deadline: 2018-03-31

Alice Munro Short Story Competition
This annual short story competition is designed to provide an opportunity for writers to develop their craft and connect with like-minded associates. ...
Deadline: 2018-04-01

Barbara Novak Writing Award
The Professional Writers Association of Canada presents the Novak award annually for Excellence in Humour/ Personal Essay Writing.This award was e...
Deadline: 2018-04-20

Canada-Japan Literary Awards
The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize literary excellence by Canadian writers writing on the subject of Japan, or Japanese culture.These awa...
Deadline: 2018-04-30

Canadian Stories Magazine Contest for Short Stories, Poetry, and Black & White Art
This Canadian folk magazine offers a prizes in categories including creative non-fiction, true stories, fiction, poetry, essays, and military stories,...
Deadline: 2018-06-01

Kayak Illustrated History Challenge for Kids
The award is open to Canadian kids between the ages of 7 and 14. Students are invited to create their own illustrated story based on any element of Ca...
Deadline: 2018-06-01

Recently Added Canadian Publishers

Two Wolves Press
Two Wolves Press is an independent literary publishing house run by critically acclaimed author Alexandra Leggat. She started the press as a way ...
Scarborough, ON   CA   [Read More]

From west-end Toronto, Ontario, not far from the Dundas West subway station, two deeply experienced editors who love books will publish texts tha...
Toronto, ON   CA   [Read More]

Chaudiere Books
Ottawa-based literary press, publishing approximately four books a season of poetry, fiction and non-fiction....
Ottawa, ON   CA   [Read More]

Upcoming Canadian Book Events

gritLIT - Hamilton's Readers and Writers Festival
gritLIT was established in November, 2004, by Hamilton writer and writing teacher Krista Foss. It started as a small, intimate festival, with rea...
Starts: 2018-04-12   [Read More]

North Shore Writers Festival
The North Shore Writers Festival is a celebration of Canadian authors brought to you by Vancouver’s North Shore public libraries – North Vanc...
Starts: 2018-04-20   [Read More]

Verses Festival of Words
The mission of the Verses Festival of Words is to celebrate the transformative power of words – written, spoken or sung; to engage diverse grou...
Starts: 2018-04-20   [Read More]