Links Updated March 8, 2019.
An annotated list of internet links and information useful to writers that may help you. We assume no responsibility for content of sites other than our own. If a site has changed, please call or email us and let us know so we can update the link.
Manuscript format and Email submission format examples courtesy of the Canadian Writer's Journal For information on Canadian writing contests see the Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar. Information on Canadian Book Awards are listed here. Our new website feature: Calls for Submissions are arranged by deadline date. We're grateful for your input.
Canadian Writer's Journal Writer's (submission) guidelines link here.
The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar Extensive listing by deadline dates of Canadian writing contests and awards, published annually. Web page has index of contests included and ordering information.
Access Copyright The place to ask your questions about copyright in Canada and register your own works.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office Registry and information on rights and responsibilities concerning intellectual property rights.
The Writers' Studio Guide to Publishing in Literary Magazines and Entering Contests by Ayelet Tsabari- in a PDF document. This was offered on the SFU Writing site, then discontinued. We have her permission to offer it from here.
A Tax Cheat Sheet for Kindle eBook Self-Publishing for Canadian writers publishing on Kindle.
Places for Writers markets, contests, links to much information for the Canadian writing scene.
Preditors and Editors is under revisions [Aug 2017] and recommends a few other sites in the interim that warn of publishing scams.
Writers Beware is the public face of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Committee on Writing Scams. Like many genre-focused professional writers' groups, SFWA is concerned not just with issues that affect professional authors, but with the problems and pitfalls that face aspiring writers. Although SFWA is a USA-based organization of science fiction and fantasy writers, the Committee's efforts aren't limited by country or genre. We've designed the Writer Beware website so it can be used by any writer, regardless of subject, style, genre, or nationality.
Snopes Urban Legends Check out those email warnings BEFORE you waste time, paper and/or electrons about the latest scare or 'news' over the email. A couple of quick search words will usually get you the information that you're looking for.
Lingo2word: Translating Text Messages helps you translate from or to standard English.
The Word On The Street The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations, workshops, and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines youll find anywhere.
Freedom to Read Week is an annual campaign in support of intellectual freedom in Canada will be marked by readings, debates, displays of banned and challenged books and public forums. 2012: Feb 26 to March 3
Canadian Government (CCRA-Canada Customs and Revenue Agency) Income Tax Information for Artists and Writers Updated: If you type "Writers" into the search box, the new CCRA site will list all the documentation that may be applicable, and then you can decide what you want to print or download.
Worldwide Freelance Writer This site successfully links up freelance writers with editors and publications who need their work, with a strong focus for international work.
Electronic Frontier Canada -An organization which was founded to ensure that the principles in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are protected as new computing, communications, and information technologies emerge. Contact them- site not updated since 2004, but it is still there.
Banned Books Online This special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts. The books featured here, ranging from Ulysses to Little Red Riding Hood, have been selected from the indexes of The Online Books Page. (See that page for over 20,000 more online books!)
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) , Canada's civil liberties watchdog. On this site, you will find information about CCLA's efforts to protect Canadians' rights and freedoms, as well as information on how to join and get involved. We are a non-profit, non-government law-reform organization dealing with issues of fundamental civil liberties and human rights that affect those who live all across Canada.
Books For Pleasure.com is a quality Canadian e-book publisher I have no hesitation in recommending. Tell Judy you saw her here.
Writer At Work comics on the Writing Life- because the work can seem all-too-serious at times.
The Word Guild is an organization for Canadian writers and editors who are Christian.
Daily Haiku .org is an elegant site with a different haiku each day. Enjoy.
Editorial Freelancers AssociationThe Editorial Freelancers Association is a national, nonprofit, professional organization of self-employed workers in the publishing and communications industries. [based in the United States]. Members are editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, desktop publishers, translators, and others who offer a broad range of skills and specialties.
Canadian Poetry An electronic resource concerning early Canadian writing, includes academic papers and poems.
Canadian eAuthorsCanadian eAuthors created this site to feature, showcase, and promote Canadian writers who have been published electronically. The CeA site was also created as a medium for demystifying electronic books (ebooks) and electronic readers (ereaders), but has not been updated in quite some time.
InScribe, the Christian Writers' Fellowship site offers a lot of sound writing advice, profiles markets, and contains good marketing strategies.
Canadian Federation of Poets based in Burlington, Ontario and Burbank, CA,USA. Poetry magazine as print, e-book or PDF.
Canadian Resources for Writers website by Word Wrights Canada (Susan Ioannou) includes Contest Basics, Contests Especially for Students, Writing Advice, Books and Free Downloads for Writers and Teachers and more.
United Nations World Book and Copyright Day- April 23rd By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.
How To Start A Blog a very easy to understand blog by Robert Menning.
Canadian Authors Association National Web Page. The Canadian Authors Association is Canada's national writing association. If you are looking for the type of support only a large national association can give you combined with the friendliness of local branches then the CAA is for you. "Writers Helping Writers" is more than a motto -- it expresses our commitment to beginning and established writers alike. Pages of interest: Writer's Links, Writers Contest Listings, Avoiding Scams and Suspect Contests, and many other helpful pages.
The Canadian Writers' Foundation is a registered charity with only one aim-to help Canada's writers when they fall on hard times. It's not a job that anyone wants to think about, and it's not very glamorous, but Pierre Berton-who served on the Foundation's board for more than twenty years-considered it 'essential to the literary well-being of Canada.' Founded in 1931.
Editors Association of Canada The Editors' Association of Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communications. Its 1,000-plus members, salaried and freelance, work with individuals and in the corporate, technical, government, non-profit, and publishing sectors. Also support French editing.
The League of Canadian Poets National Web Page. Promoting Canadian Poetry, and poets. Offers membership lists and bookstore online.
PEN Canada PEN Canada works on behalf of writers, at home and abroad, who have been forced into silence for writing the truth as they see it. They have 30 honourary members in 17 countries around the world on whose behalf we work so that their voices can be heard once again.
The Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) (formerly The Periodical Writers Association of Canada) National Web Page. Representing freelance writers in Canada. Offers professional writers listing and contract advice. www.writers.ca a service of The Periodical Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) Now you can find a professional writer in Canada with just a few clicks of your mouse! You can search by name, city, province, subject matter, type of writing, or publication credits.
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators entrance to both Eastern and Western Canada as they have defined it.
Canadian Association of Journalists based in Brantford, ON with a national focus on promoting excellence in journalism and advocacy for the both journalists and the public's right to know.
Public Lending Rights - Canada National Web Page. Includes the criteria for qualification, and the registration page can be downloaded.
Writer's Union of Canada National Web Page. The Writers' Union of Canada is a national organization of professional writers of books for the general public. The Union works to advance conditions for all writers, to unite writers for the advancement of their common interest, and to foster writing in Canada.
National Library of Canada HomePage - National Depositry, ISBN information."With enthusiasm, I will ask the employees of the National Library, the university community, authors, publishers, librarians, professional associations, persons working in new media and government information agencies to contribute to finding the best ways to preserve our collective memory in order to make it accessible." Roch Carrier.
Canada Council Grant InformationThe Canada Council for the Arts offers a range of grants for professional Canadian writers, collectives and publishers. In addition to providing support for the creation, translation, publication and promotion of Canadian literature, the Writing and Publishing Section funds author residencies, literary readings and festivals, as well as new areas of activity such as rap poetry, storytelling and electronic literature.
Canadian Magazine Publishers Association The CMPA represents a diverse and vital group of more than 300 Canadian consumer magazines titles both large and small devoted to covering a wide range of subjects of interest to the Canadian reading public.
Literary Translators' Association of CanadaSince 1975, the Literary Translators' Association of Canada (LTAC/ATTLC) has sought to promote literary translation and to protect the interests of its members throughout the country
The Association of Italian Canadian Writers brings together a community of writers, critics, academics, and other artists who promote Italian Canadian literature and culture. Founded in 1986 at the first-ever conference on Italian Canadian literature, the AICW's mission is to support and encourage the expression and dissemination of the Italian Canadian experience and to implement an educative process for the valorization and understanding of heritage within an ethnoculturally diversified society.
Berton House Writers' Retreat Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism -- are all encouraged to apply. The Berton House Writers' Retreat is held once a month, located in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia Includes local profiles and market lists.
Prince Edward Island
Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF) For Quebec writers in the English language.
Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québéçois [French writers in Quebec]
The Writers' Circle of Durham Region Southwestern Ontario
The Writers' Circle of Simcoe County South central Ontario
The Writers' Circle of York Region South central Ontario
Writers & Editors Network based in Mississauga, ON.
Barrie Writer's Club active since January 28, 1986.
Inkslingers Toronto, Lindsay, Uxbridge
Ottawa Independent Writers Ottawa and area.
Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop Based in the Thunder Bay, Fort Frances area.
Manitoulin Writers Circle Manitoulin Island group.
Sudbury Writers Guild based in Sudbury.
Silver Leaf Writers Guild based in Timmins, ON. The Silverleaf Writers Guild was established in 2015 as a support group for writers in Northern Ontario. The group meets weekly to discuss writing challenges, encourage each other, and set goals. The Silverleaf Writers Guild also publishes books by its members. Several members of the guild provide beta reading and editing services.
Six Nations Writers, a group that meets regularly on Six Nations of the Grand River where they hold coffee houses and recite readings of their work.
The Ontario Poetry SocietyThe Ontario Poetry Society was founded to create a democratic organization for members to unite in comraderie and friendship for emotional support and encouragement in all aspects of poetry, including writing, performing and publishing..
Haliburton Highlands Writers' and Editors' Network (HHWEN) is an umbrella organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the art and skill of writing, fostering literacy, and providing moral support to writers and editors through education and networking, both independently and in cooperation with existing organizations.
Imaginative Fiction Writers Association based in Calgary
Stroll of Poets Edmonton-based
Burnaby Writers Society Founded in 1967, the Burnaby Writers Society is one of the oldest and best-known writers' groups in B.C.
Federation of BC Writers Along with established and emerging writers, the Federation of BC Writers includes those who have an interest in the works of our talented authors and in the resources and programs we offer.
Shuswap Writers' Group The Shuswap Writers' Group provides mutual support in a safe, encouraging, and positive environment as we each develop our writing skills and flex our creative muscles.
West End Writers BC post a number of writing contest information at this site.
Arts Council of New Westminster Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts.
Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar An extensive listing of Canadian writing contests and awards arranged by deadline date. Published annually, new edition releases in November before the coming year.
Northern Ontario Poetry Competition If your address postal code begins with "P" Deadline May 31st annually.
Newfoundland & Labrador
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Look up missing Canadian postal codes to make sure your submission gets there quickly and accurately.
Look up missing Zip codes in the United States to make sure your submission gets there quickly and accurately.
Currency Converter Currency Converter helps make sense out of foreign currency payments.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Now 4,390,866 articles in English
The Student's Guide to Citing Internet Sources is also a good guide for the rest of us. [Thanks Lynette & Samantha Brown]
Encyclopedia Britannica encyclopedia now online.
Acronym Finder -- the authoritative acronym and abbreviation reference source for over 10 years. Free,updated and even easier to use.
A Publicist's Guide to Writing Basics Clean clear guidelines and hints, along with liks to many other useful pages for writing of all sorts. [Thanks, Peyton]
Wordsmith's Word of the Day Newsletter A selected word with pronunciation and vocabulary builder. Free email newsletter, other site features.
Jack Lynch's Pages on grammar or style in writing He sets out his point of view, then proceeds to give some very good advice on points of grammar, etc.
The Elements of Style The classic text -online.
Brainy Quote of the Day A resource for quotations on a wide range of topics from a wide variety of sources
Dictionary of American Regional English seems to be back.
Vocabulary the quickest, most intelligent way to improve your vocabulary
World Wide Words International English from a British viewpoint
Antagonyms Describes a single word that has meanings that contradict each other
Daily Grammar: Access archive section of web site to enjoy the Daily Grammar lessons at your own pace..
Exploring English: Explore various sentence structures, style, punctuation, and more!
Glossary of Poetic Terms from Bob's Byway A Unique Guide for the Study of Poetry featuring: Phonetic pronunciation, Cross references, Broad range of definitions, Numerous examples, Hyper-linked keywords & cross references, wealth of poetic quotations, writers' guidelines