Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

Winner: $50,000; Finalists: $5,000

Writers' Trust of Canada Literary Award Submissions call

Prize Guidelines

A prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the novel or short story collection published between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 that, in the opinion of the jurors, is the year’s best book of fiction. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Titles must be published between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. Books that are not yet in final published form by the deadline of July 18 may be submitted as bound galleys.

  • 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. In the event of a translation winning the prize, the prize money will be divided as follows: $37,500 to the author, $12,500 to the translator.

  • 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.

  • All books must have an ISBN and be available in Canadian bookstores for some duration between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nomination Process

The schedule for submissions is tied to publication dates as follows:

Deadline 1: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
For books published between October 1, 2017 and March 13, 2018

Deadline 2: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
For books published between March 14, 2018 and May 15, 2018

Deadline 3: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
For books published between May 16, 2018 and September 30, 2018

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 Manager to discuss alternate arrangements or the possibility of an extension.

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 the chart below for reference. Please note that the rules regarding the number of submissions for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize differ from all other prizes administered by the Writers’ Trust.

        Books Published

   Eligible to Submit
5 or fewer 2
6 - 7 3
8 - 9 4
10 or more 5

Required Materials

The following must be submitted by the final deadline of July 18, 2018:

  • Five copies of each eligible title in book form or three bound galleys, with at least two copies of the finished book to be received by the Writers’ Trust upon publication.

  • A completed Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize online submision form listing all submitted titles and planned submissions. The form can be found at the bottom of this page; there is no need to print a paper copy.

  • A list of all titles published during the prize eligibiltiy period. This list should include authors, titles, and dates of publication.

  • Images of the author and book cover suitable for reproduction in print materials. Please name each file "Fiction_AuthorLastName_FirstName” and “Fiction_AuthorLastName_BookTitle”. Upload files smaller than 10 GB via our web form.

Jury Composition

A three-person jury selects the winner and finalists of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The jury acts independently of the Writers’ Trust and is charged with interpreting the mandate and eligibility criteria of the prize, as well as determining which of the submissions best reflect the prize mandate. In evaluating the writing, literary merit is the sole criterion. Each juror may request an unlimited number of additional titles from a publisher’s list. Such titles are on equal footing with all other submissions, provided that their publishers agree to abide by the conditions laid out in this document. The judgment of the jury in selecting the winners, determining eligibility, and interpreting these rules is final.

Announcement of Nominees & Winners

The list of finalist authors will be announced in September 2018 and the award will be presented in November 2018 in Toronto at the Writers’ Trust Awards.

Publisher Obligations

If an author is a finalist the publisher will agree to:

  • Supply the Writers’ Trust with 18 additional copies of the shortlisted book for publicity purposes.

  • Affix stickers provided by the Writers’ Trust to all outgoing copies of the current edition of the finalist and winning books and include prize sticker artwork on an subsequent editions.

  • Participate in promotion and publicity efforts undertaken by the Writers’ Trust and stress the importance of this with their authors.

  • Commit resources, in accordance to their ability, to ensure shortlisted authors are able to attend the International Festival of Authors in Toronto in October 2018.

Send submissions to:

Amanda Hopkins, Program Manager
The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
Writers’ Trust of Canada
600 - 460 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON  M5V 1Y1




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