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About the Event

One of Canada's richest awards nights has moved online.

Featuring the presentation of nine literary prizes and more than $302,000 to Canadian writers in three unique digital events.

On October 21, the winners of three $10,000 emerging writers awards were announced: RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers (short fiction and poetry), Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers, and Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.

On November 18, the winners of two of Canada’s most prestigious book prizes were revealed: Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction ($60,000) and Writers' Trust Fiction Prize ($50,000).

On December 2 the recipients of four $25,000 career achievement awards were honoured: Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of A Writing Life, Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People, and Writers’ Trust Engel Findley Award.

This year’s Writers’ Trust Awards is made possible by presenting partner The Humber School for Writers as well as numerous corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors. Media partner The Globe and Mail provides additional support as do project partners CBC Books and Indigo Books & Music. The project is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

2020 WT Career Award Recipients

Marianne Dubuc

Winner of the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People

Dennis Lee

Winner of the Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life

Kerri Sakamoto

Winner of the Engel Findley Award

Armand Garnet Ruffo

Winner of the Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize

2020 WT Awards: Career Honours Edition

2020 WT Awards: Books of the Year Edition

2020 WT Awards: Emerging Writers Edition

Prize Sponsors and Donors

Latner Family Foundation

James A. Michener / M&S Charitable Foundation

Robin Pacific

Lorraine Greey


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