Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life

Winner: $20,000

Prize Guidelines

This award is presented annually to a Canadian writer whose life has been dedicated to writing as a primary pursuit, in honour of distinguished work in poetry or prose, in English or French.

Established in 2001 by the Writers’ Trust and a group of anonymous donors, the award is named in memory of Matt Cohen, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction (1999) and a founding member of the Writers’ Union of Canada. The prize is worth $20,000.

All Canadian writers whose life has been dedicated to writing as a primary pursuit are considered. An independent committee selects the winner, and there is no submission process. 



Woodcock Fund


Writers' Trust Fellowship


April 27, 2017

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Second Deadline

May 24, 2017

Recommended Reading List

We asked some of Canada's finest writers about their favourite books of 2016.

Read their Recommendations.


E Newsletter Sign Up

Sign-up for our eNewsletter. Get info about Authors and our latest Events.

Sign up now!

Site design & development supported by

ecentricarts inc