Writers' Trust Fellowship

Nominations now open for the 2017 Writers' Trust Fellowship, worth $50,000

We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Writers' Trust Fellowship. Read the guidelines below and submit your pick before April 20, 2017.

Nominate a writer for a $50,000 Writers' Trust Fellowship, deadline is April 20 2017


What is the Fellowship?

The Writers’ Trust Fellowship will annually award one writer $50,000 for demonstrating exceptional creative ability and outstanding promise in their publications to date. The Fellowship will free writers substantially from financial concerns and provide a window in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible. The program is intended to draw attention to a writer’s past work and to stimulate interest in their future work. The Writers’ Trust Fellowship will identify and support the leading Canadian writers of their generation.

The Fellowship program is part of a 3-year plan initiated by the Writers’ Trust to award $150,000 to Canadian writers to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Who is eligible?

Writers working in the categories of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, or literature for young people and at any stage of their careers are considered so long as they have a strong publishing track record. There is no age criterion. Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents writing in English are eligible.

What is the selection process?

The Writers’ Trust of Canada annually appoints a three-person jury consisting of experts on contemporary Canadian literature. The jury convenes to select a list of five finalists and compose support statements for each. The list of finalists is then submitted to a selection committee, which makes the final decision on an eventual recipient. The Fellowship selection committee consists of five individuals composed of current and past directors of the Writers’ Trust. Jurors and members of the selection committee are guaranteed absolute confidentiality.

The Fellowship program is part of a 3-year plan initiated by the Writers’ Trust to award $150,000 to Canadian writers to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

What is the evaluation criteria?

The Fellowship will be awarded to a writer who has demonstrated exceptional creative ability by producing an outstanding body of literary work and displayed the promise to add to that work. Writers will be considered without regard to whether or not they have been or are likely to be recipients of other literary honours or achieve commercial success.

When is the recipient announced?

At the Writers' Trust Gala (November, 2017).

Can I nominate someone to receive the Fellowship?

While we welcome nomination letters from the general public, the deadline to nominate a 2016 fellow has now passed. 



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