Writers' Trust Fellowship

2018 Writers' Trust Fellowship, worth $50,000

What is the Fellowship?

The Writers’ Trust Fellowship will annually award one writer $50,000 for demonstrating exceptional creative ability and outstanding promise in their publications to date. The Fellowship will free writers substantially from financial concerns and provide a window in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible. The program is intended to draw attention to a writer’s past work and to stimulate interest in their future work. The Writers’ Trust Fellowship will identify and support the leading Canadian writers of our time.

Who is eligible?

Writers working in the categories of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, or literature for young people and at any stage of their careers are considered so long as they have a strong publishing track record. There is no age criterion. Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents writing in English are eligible.

What is the selection process?

The Writers’ Trust of Canada annually appoints a three-person jury consisting of experts on contemporary Canadian literature. The jury convenes to select a list of five finalists and compose support statements for each. The list of finalists is then submitted to a selection committee, which makes the final decision on an eventual recipient. The Fellowship selection committee consists of five individuals composed of current and past directors of the Writers’ Trust. Jurors and members of the selection committee are guaranteed absolute confidentiality.

What is the evaluation criteria?

The Fellowship will be awarded to a writer who has demonstrated exceptional creative ability by producing an outstanding body of literary work and displayed the promise to add to that work. Writers will be considered without regard to whether or not they have been or are likely to be recipients of other literary honours or achieve commercial success.

When is the recipient announced?

At the Writers' Trust Gala (November, 2018).

Can I nominate someone to receive the Fellowship?

We welcome nomination letters from the general public. The deadline to nominate a 2018 fellow has now passed.

Your nomination letter should be no more than two pages and make a case for your nominee’s selection with a description of their work and the impact and influence of their writing. We ask that you underline one or two exemplary titles that best represent the nominee’s talent. Your letter will be read by members of a two-tiered adjudication panel with expertise on contemporary Canadian literature. As such, you do not need to provide general biographical details of the writer for whom you are advocating. There is no need to accompany your letter with a resume, a list of additional references, or further documentation. Simply tell us why their work shines so bright, and why they should be the next Writers’ Trust Fellow.




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