CAA Literary Awards
Honouring works by Canadian writers that achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal since 1975
These Awards are presented each year at the CAA Awards Dinner, usually held at our Annual CanWrite! Conference. The Award finalists usually read from their works during the Conference as well, providing an opportunity for many Canadians to be exposed to award-winning writers every year.
2012 Winners Announced
The 2012 winners were announced at the CAA Literary Awards Readings & Dinner on Saturday, July 28, 2012, during the Leacock Summer Festival at the Leacock Museum National Historic Site in Orillia, Ontario.
Awards Entry Information
If you wish to enter an award, please view the Writing Awards Guidelines.
- This site now reflects the 2013 Awards guidelines.
- The Writing Awards Guidelines page includes nominations instructions.
- An entry form in PDF format is included where an entry form is necessary.
- These Guidelines are updated to reflect the next year's awards in the late fall each year.
You may also contact Anita Purcell at the CAA National Office for faxed or mailed copies of the entry forms or details.
The CAA Literary Awards features a shortlist for the adult literature awards. The winners are announced at the CAA Literary Awards dinner, usually at our Annual Conference.
The CAA Awards for Adult Literature
The CAA administers three awards for full-length English-language literature for adults by authors who are Canadians or landed immigrants “honouring writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal.”
- The CAA Award for Fiction is for a full-length novel.
- The CAA Lela Common Award for Canadian History is for a work of historical non-fiction on a Canadian topic.
- The CAA Poetry Award is for a volume of poetry by one poet.
The CAA Emerging Writer Award
The CAA Emerging Writer Award goes to the Canadian (or landed immigrant) writer under 30 deemed to show most promise in the field of literary creation.
The Allan Sangster Award
The Allan Sangster Award honours one of the CAA's own members for extraordinary service to the Association.
Sponsoring an Award
Awards Requiring Sponsorship
There are a number of awards that currently require sponsorship. By providing the funding for these awards our sponsors make a significant contribution to Canadian writing and culture.
Our CAA Awards Funding page has more information about how our awards program works and which awards are currently available for funding.
Obtaining More Information
To sponsor a CAA literary award or to receive further information about the CAA Literary Awards Programs please contact the CAA National Office for details.
Updated: November 14, 2012