Writers’ Union Expands Its Membership Criteria

Jan 8, 2020

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to officially launch a new set of membership criteria, expanded to recognize and respect the many ways authors learn and develop their craft, and to reflect the many forms of literary expression practiced by today’s authors. More… Read More

Copyright Board of Canada Sets Important Rates for Post-Secondary Copying 

Dec 12, 2019

Ottawa — The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) welcomes a recent ruling from the Copyright Board of Canada, which set rates for the large amount of copying done by post-secondary institutions in Canada between 2011 and 2017. “TWUC participated in the Copyright Board hearings… Read More

Cultural Marketplace Crisis Requires Immediate Action

Dec 3, 2019

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) calls on the new federal government to act immediately with repairs to a broken marketplace for Canadian books. Recent reports[i] indicate a 50% drop in sales for Canadian-authored books, only a 7% rate of borrowing of Canadian books from… Read More

JURY ANNOUNCED and CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ISSUED FOR THE 23rd ANNUAL DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD

Nov 11, 2019

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 23rd year. This year’s… Read More

Canada’s Writers Urge Parliament to Make Real Change on Copyright

Jun 5, 2019

After well over a year of intensive study and testimony during the copyright review, Canada’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) has released its report. While confirming what we know from the courts, the Copyright Board, and the Heritage committee —… Read More

SHEILAGH GUY MURPHY'S "LOST: MY IMMORTAL SOUL" WINS SHORT PROSE COMPETITION FOR EMERGING WRITERS

May 28, 2019

The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce that Sheilagh Guy Murphy has won the $2,500 cash prize for its 26th annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, for the best story under 2,500 words, with her piece “Lost: My Immortal Soul.” In addition, the Union will… Read More

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 22nd DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD

May 28, 2019

HALIFAX – The Writers’ Union of Canada announced this evening that Carrianne Leung is the recipient of the $10,000 first prize in the 22nd annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award, recognizing the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2018 in the… Read More

Canadian Lawmakers Recommend Sweeping Progressive Improvements to Copyright Law

May 16, 2019

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage yesterday released its long-awaited report on artist remuneration, as part of Parliament’s Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. Titled Shifting Paradigms, the report makes twenty-two key recommendations focused on strengthening the… Read More

SHORT LIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018 DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD

May 7, 2019

The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce the short list of nominees for the twenty-second annual DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD. The Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2018 in the English language. The Award… Read More

TWUC Statement About Cuts to Ontario Library Services

Apr 25, 2019

The following TWUC statement was sent today to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Tibollo. If you wish to voice your own concern about the cuts to Ontario library services, you can do so online at this petition. The Writers’… Read More