Programs for writers


Part of a three-year plan to award $150,000 to Canadian writers to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. More

Five x Five

A one-time program made possible through the RBC Emerging Artists Project, five celebrated writers from across Canada have each selected one recipient of $5,000 who they feel has the potential to enter Canada’s literary canon.  More

Financial Grants

The Woodcock Fund provides support to published writers who face financial need while completing a book project. Since 1989, the Fund has distributed more than one million dollars and supported more than 200 writers. More

Writers' Retreat

Located in Dawson City, Yukon, Berton House annually hosts four writers-in-residence, each for a three month period. A $6,000 honorarium is provided to each writer to allow them to focus on their writing in a remote setting. More


Developing writers receive financial assistance to enroll in the Humber School for Writers Correspondence program. More than 30 developing writers have received $1,000 scholarships through this program. More


Eminent Canadian writers share their experiences and insights about the writing life at the annual Margaret Laurence Lecture. Each lecturer receives a $5,000 honorarium. An anthology (A Writer's Life: The Margaret Laurence Lectures) including the writings of past lecturers such as Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, and Alistair MacLeod was published in 2011 by McClelland & Stewart. More

The Walrus magazine Partnership

Financial support is given annually to writers of interesting stories appearing in The Walrus that represent Canada and its place in the world. Many notable writers have benefitted, including Lisa Moore, Richard Gwyn, Michael Winter, and Lawrence Hill. More


National Summit of Writers’ Associations

A conference bringing together delegates from national, provincial, and territorial organizations to share initiatives, successes, and best practices, as well as explore what can be done collectively to better serve writers across Canada. More




Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
Second Deadline

May 25, 2016
For books published between
March 23 - May 24

Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Second Deadline

May 25, 2016
For books published between
March 23 - May 24

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing  
First Deadline

June 15, 2016
For books published between
Jan 1 - June 14

Woodcock Fund



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