Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Writers’ Trust of Canada do?

We administer a variety of literary awards and programs that recognize and support professional Canadian writers. Funding for our programs is raised almost exclusively from private sector donations and sponsorships.

Is the Writers’ Trust a registered charity?

We are a federally registered not-for-profit charitable organization. Our charitable registration number is 119305076RR0001. We provide charitable tax-receipts for all donations received.

Can the Writers’ Trust help me publish my manuscript or book idea?

We do not publish books. For advice on how to get published we recommend you read the Getting Published section of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s website.

Can I submit my book to the Writers’ Trust to be considered for an award?

For our book awards we only accept submissions directly from Canadian publishers. For further information see our prize guidelines.

Can I receive a grant from the Writers’ Trust?

Perhaps. We distribute grants through the Woodcock Fund. Read the Woodcock Fund guidelines to see if you are eligible. For information on available grants we recommend you consider purchasing the Writers’ Guide to Grants published by the Writers’ Union of Canada. A helpful listing of grant-giving organziations is listed by the Book and Peridical Council. 

Can the Writers’ Trust help me promote my book?

We do not provide money to individuals or organizations to be used for promotional purposes.

Does the Writers’ Trust assist non-Canadian writers?

We direct our support exclusively to writers that are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. (Canadian writers living overseas are eligible.)

How does the Writers’ Trust of Canada choose jurors?

An Authors’ Committee composed of writers from across the country recommends writers to adjudicate our various awards and programs. Invitations are issued by the administrative staff based upon these recommendations.

I’m trying to reach a Canadian writer. Can the Writers’ Trust put me in touch with them?

Privacy laws prevent us from sharing contact information. We recommend you write to them through their publisher. (It may take a while to get a reply.)

Can I request a copy of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s most recent audited financial statements?

Contact the office at and a copy will be sent to you.

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