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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 Wednesday, 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 LGBTQ Emerging Writers, and Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.

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

On Wednesday, December 2 the recipients of four $25,000 career achievement awards will be 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 Awards: Emerging Writers Edition

WT Awards Books of the Year Edition Host

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee is a professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. He won the 2018 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and was a finalist for a Governor General's Literary Award in nonfiction for his book Brown: What Being Brown Means in the World Today (to Everyone). His first book Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes won the Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, a Lambda Literary Award, and CBC’s Canada Reads. Al-Solaylee was the national theatre critic for The Globe and Mail and holds a PhD in Victorian literature from the University of Nottingham. He lives in Toronto.

Prize Sponsors and Donors

The Hon. Hilary M. Weston
Latner Family Foundation
James A. Michener / M&S Charitable Foundation
Robin Pacific


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