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
Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence
The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. T...
CLA Book of the Year for Children Award
To merit consideration for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, a book must have been published in Canada in 2014 and its author must be a Can...
R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature
This award was established in 1982 in honour of children’s author Ronald Ross Annett (1895-1988) and recognizes a children’s book published by...
Griffin Poetry Prize
The Griffin Poetry Prize is the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in, or translated into English, fr...
The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize
The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize is awarded in honour of acclaimed Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell and recognizes literary achievement by Cal...
Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers' Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. The Ge...
Malahat Review Novella Contest
The Malahat Review, Canada's premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere for the Novella Prize. One prize...
Malahat Review Long Poem/Novella Prize
The Malahat Review, Canada's premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awa...
Fresh Ink is a novice contest designed for new hobby writers who have not yet been published. The awards are the ideal opportunity to have your word c...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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]