Our sincere condolences: Martin Myers (1927–2024)

Jul 2, 2024

We have recently been informed of the passing of Martin Myers, a founding member of The Writers’ Union of Canada. Martin Myers was the author of five individual books, both fiction and nonfiction, and a fiction trilogy called The Secret Viking. A new novel, Return… Read More

Personal Reflection — Alice Munro (1931–2024)

Jun 26, 2024

The life and stellar literary career of the late Alice Munro, a founding member of The Writers’ Union of Canada have been covered and described in detail since her sad passing in May 2024. The Union therefore provides this page for members to offer more personal remembrances. We… Read More

Winners Announced for the 27th Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Jun 11, 2024

The Writers’ Union of Canada announced today that Lisa Alward is the recipient of the $10,000 prize for the 27th annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award, recognizing the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2023 in the English language. Of Lisa… Read More

Kailash Srinivasan’s “1984” Wins $2,500 prize — The Writers’ Union of Canada’s 31st Annual Short Prose Competition

Jun 11, 2024

The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce that Kailash Srinivasan has won the $2,500 prize for its 31st annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, for the best story under 2,500 words, with his piece “1984.” The Union will submit the winning story and the… Read More

Canadian Writing and Publishing Organizations Advocate for Artificial Intelligence Regulations in Ottawa

May 2, 2024

La version française suit In honour of World Book and Copyright Day, a coalition of ten writing, publishing, and creator organizations from across the country convened in Ottawa this week to meet with parliamentarians and government officials on the opportunities and… Read More

Short List Announced for the 2023 Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Apr 24, 2024

The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce the short list of nominees for the 27th annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award. The Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2023 in the English language. The Award… Read More

Federal Budget Represents a Net Loss for Cultural Workers

Apr 18, 2024

With the release of Budget 2024, the federal government has again failed to deliver on specific and longstanding promises to repair the market for books and writing in Canada. “We are dismayed at having our concerns ignored,” said Danny Ramadan, Chair of The Writers’ Union of… Read More

Canadian writers and publishers urge government to increase the Canada Book Fund and Public Lending Right in Budget 2024

Apr 9, 2024

A coalition of Canadian writing and publishing organizations have sent the following public letter to Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, in advance of Budget 2024.  Ministers, We write… Read More

Canada’s Copyright Marketplace is Broken

Feb 29, 2024

Canadian copyright has been in market failure for over a decade now. Writers and publishers in this country have seen over $200 million in earned income from educational copying siphoned away from our small businesses, with no attendant benefit to students or teachers. A… Read More

Embattled Journalist Brandi Morin Wins Freedom to Read Award

Feb 22, 2024

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to announce that author and journalist Brandi Morin is the recipient of TWUC’s 2024 Freedom to Read Award. Morin is a writer of Cree, Iroquois, and French origin from Treaty 6 territories in Alberta. She has won multiple awards for… Read More