Writers’ Union of Canada Joins Calls for Review of Publishing Merger

Feb 3, 2021

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) joins its international and domestic colleagues in urging government to fully review the proposed sale of publishing house Simon & Schuster to the media giant Bertelsmann, parent company of Penguin Random House. Both publishing houses have… Read More

Writers’ Union Launches Mentorship Fund to Support Writing Community

Jan 29, 2021

As a further response to the ongoing economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) has launched Mentorship Microgrants, a new fund providing microgrants for mentorships between Canadian authors. Designed to support a strong, sustainable writing… Read More


Nov 18, 2020

The Writers’ Union of Canada and the Gleed family are pleased to announce the jury for the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for the best first Canadian collection of short fiction in the English language, now celebrating its 24th year. This year’s… Read More

TWUC Supports Access Copyright at the Supreme Court

Oct 16, 2020

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) decision to hear the appeal of Access Copyright in its long-running legal dispute with York University over copyright and the industrial-scale copying of published work. TWUC has participated in… Read More

Lisa McLean's "Dicky's Bluff" Wins $2,500 Cash Prize - Short Prose Competition

Jun 24, 2020

The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce that Lisa McLean has won the $2,500 cash prize for its 27th annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, for the best story under 2,500 words, with her piece “Dicky’s Bluff.” In addition, the Union will submit the… Read More

Winners Announced for the 23rd Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Jun 24, 2020

The Writers’ Union of Canada announced today that Zalika Reid-Benta is the recipient of the $10,000 first prize in the 23rd annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award, recognizing the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2019 in the English… Read More


Apr 30, 2020

The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce the short list of nominees for the twenty-third annual DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD. The Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2019 in the English language. The Award… Read More

Writers Demand Immediate Repair to a Marketplace Plagued by Illegal Copying

Apr 30, 2020

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) calls on the federal government to immediately implement Heritage Committee recommendations designed to repair the marketplace for Canadian creativity. Last week’s Federal Court of Appeal decision in legal action between Access Copyright and… Read More

Global Writing and Publishing Community Calls on Governments for Support as We Respond to Pandemic

Apr 22, 2020

On this World Book and Copyright Day, The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is proud to support a joint public statement from the world’s writing and publishing community urging “governments all over the world to recognize, support and celebrate the importance of books, learning… Read More

Author and Literary Performer Ivan Coyote Wins Freedom to Read Award

Feb 21, 2020

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to announce that author Ivan Coyote is the recipient of the 2020 Freedom to Read Award. The award is presented annually by TWUC in recognition of work that is passionately supportive of the freedom to read. Past recipients include… Read More