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Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

Awards to Canada Authors to Recognize
Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Literature

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Writers' Trust of Canada (WT)

Deadline Date:

07/14/21 - For books published between October 1, 2020 and March 9, 2021.


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Awards to Canada authors to acknowledge outstanding contributions to the field of literature. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winner and finalists. Nominations are invited for collections of fictional short stories or novels that have been recently published. A prize will be awarded to the novel or short story collection published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 that, in the opinion of the jurors, is the year’s best book of fiction. Prizes will be awarded to each of the finalists.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158724

Number of Grants:

The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Winner $60,000
- Finalists $5,000

In the event of a translation winning the prize, the prize money will be divided as follows: $45,000 to the author, $15,000 to the translator.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:

- Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Published by professional publishing house
- Book published between Oct 1, 2020 and Sept 30, 2021

Eligibility Criteria:

- Titles must be published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. Titles that are not yet in final published form by the deadline of July 14 may be submitted as uncorrected proofs.
- Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
- Previous publication in another country does not disqualify a book.
- Translations from other languages into English are eligible and will be considered in the year in which the English translation is published.
- To be eligible to submit books for consideration, publishing houses must have a professional editorial process independent from the authors whose books are submitted. They must not charge authors for publishing their works.
- Imprints must be editorially independent to be permitted to submit books in addition to submissions from their parent company.
- All books must have an ISBN and be available in Canadian bookstores for some duration between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.
- Titles may be single-authored or co-authored. Multi-authored collections, anthologies, and conference proceedings are not eligible.
- Self-published books are not eligible.
- Ghostwritten books are not eligible.
- Books written for children are not eligible.
- No more than 20% of the manuscript can be previously published in book form.
- Books whose author was deceased at the time of publication are not eligible.
- Publishers should note that the prize is for literary excellence and therefore they should only submit books they deem outstanding in this regard.

Pre-Application Information:

The schedule for submissions corresponds to publication dates as follows:

The schedule for submissions corresponds to publication dates as follows:

- Deadline 1: Wednesday, March 10, 2021: For books published between October 1, 2020 and March 9, 2021
- Deadline 2: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 : For books published between March 10, 2021 and May 18, 2021
- Deadline 3: Wednesday, July 14, 2020: For books published between May 19, 2021 and September 30, 2021

Publishers are strongly encouraged to submit books prior to the deadlines. Submissions upon release of titles are appreciated. If a publisher, for any reason whatsoever, feels they cannot submit titles in accordance with the above schedule it is requested that they contact the program coordinator to discuss alternate arrangements or the possibility of an extension.

The list of finalist authors will be announced in September 2020 and the award will be presented in November 2020 at the Writers’ Trust Awards.

Number of Submissions:
All publishers of original manuscripts may enter two books by Canadian authors. Companies publishing more than five eligible fiction titles may add one book for every additional two eligible (or fraction thereof) on their fiction list, up to a maximum of five. See below for reference. This is dependent on the number of titles published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.
- 5 or fewer books published - eligible to submit 2
- 6-7 books published - eligible to submit 3
- 8-9 books published - eligible to submit 4
- 10+ books published - eligible to submit 5


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For further information, or if you encounter problems with the form, please contact:
Devon Jackson, Program Coordinator
1-877-906-6548 x248 (toll-free)
416-504-8222 x248

Send submissions to:
Devon Jackson, Program Coordinator
Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
Writers’ Trust of Canada
600 - 460 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1Y1

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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