About the Event

One of Canada's richest awards nights.

Featuring the presentation of seven literary prizes and more than $260,000 to Canadian writers, including the $50,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Watch a livestream of the 2017 awards at writerstrust.com/WTAwards.

2018 Host

Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People was a bestseller in Canada. Her debut novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads’ Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade. Her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible, won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. She was awarded the K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature in 2016. Her writing has appeared in The Walrus, The Believer, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Fashion, and more. She has also worked as a writer and story editor on television shows such as Degrassi, Schitt’s Creek, and Baroness von Sketch Show. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.


The Glenn Gould Studio has automated door opening buttons on their 60 inch entrance doors (the double doors both open for extra width), an accessibility ramp from the lower to upper lobby, and a gender-neutral accessible washroom.

There are two accessible spots available in the Glenn Gould Studio theatre. CBC does everything possible to accommodate special requests and be an inclusive venue. If you have any specific questions, please email djackson@writerstrust.com.