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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

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

Tidewater Press
Tidewater Press is a Canadian independent literary press, publishing fiction by new authors offering fresh perspectives on contemporary issues, a...
New Westminster, BC   CA   [Read More]

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]

Upcoming Canadian Book Events

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]

Forest of Reading Festival of Trees
The Ontario Library Association's (OLA) Forest of Reading and the Festival of Trees™ occupy places of prominence in Canada’s literary landsca...
Starts: 2018-05-17   [Read More]

Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts
Join Canada's longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices… ...
Starts: 2018-08-16   [Read More]