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Who We Are

Words cross borders, build bridges, and shape nations. Words can change the world.

Writers' Trust is a nonprofit organization that champions Canadian writers at every stage of their careers. We give them money, recognition, and valuable time and space to create transformative work.



Writers’ Trust recognizes Canadian writers through prizes for single works and for remarkable literary careers. We award these prestigious prizes annually for outstanding achievement in writing.

All awards


Our slate of programming aids both established and emerging writers. Through a writers’ retreat, emergency grants, and events, we enable writers to rise to their full potential.

All programs


From ballrooms to living rooms, we bring together the Canadian writing, business, arts, and political communities to honour and raise money for our country’s finest literary voices.

All events
“The Writers’ Trust has done so much in the last 40 years to enrich the literary community of Canada. I know I have been encouraged and sustained by its generous support, and for that I cannot thank you enough.”

— Miriam Toews

Past WT Award winner


Invest in Canadian voices today so they can be heard tomorrow.

Since 1976, Writers’ Trust of Canada has been a pillar of the Canadian literary community. Contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and estates ensure that we can continue to support Canadian writers and writing for years to come.