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Professional Writers Association of Canada

Awards

Every year, PWAC offers the following awards in writing, editing and volunteer service. These awards include:

Awards Update: Deadline and Electronic Submissions

Awards Update! Submissions will now be accepted electronically at info@pwac.ca. Please put the category you’re submitting under in the Subject line. Payment for submissions can be made via PayPal. Good luck!PS – E-payment for submissions can be made via PayPal to info@pwac.ca


Barbara Novak Award for Excellence in Humour and/or Personal Essay Writing*

This award was established in 2005 to honour the memory of the late PWAC member Barbara Novak. The award recognizes excellence in the genre of humour and/or personal essay writing by a PWAC member. The winner receives a plaque and a gift certificate, donated by the family of Barbara Novak, and a one-year membership in PWAC.

Publication:
Articles must have been published (for pay) between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (unpublished articles are not eligible). Date of publication must appear on submission. Length of article is open.

Number of Entries:
Maximum three entries per person.

Entry Fee: $15 per entry/article and must accompany submission. Payable by cheque or money order made out to PWAC.

Judging: Judging is carried out by the Barbara Novak family.

How to Apply by Mail:

Each entry must include:

  1. The appropriate entry fee.
  2. A separate sheet with the entrant’s full name, address, phone number, email address, title of the submitted piece, and the name of the publication where it appeared. Provide URL here as well if submission is from the Web.
  3. One copy of the original story (photocopies are acceptable) or a printed screenshot (if published on the Web) with the original publication date and byline indicated.
  4. Two additional copies of the story with the byline removed or obscured.

Incomplete entries will be ineligible and therefore discarded. All material that is submitted will not be returned. Judges will not consider any additional information from the entrant other than the story itself.

Submission: Address all entries to “Barbara Novak Award Submissions” and mail to PWAC Awards, 265 Torrington Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M 2V3. Multiple entries can be mailed in one envelope.

Deadline: Postmarked by Friday, May 15, 2015.

How to Apply by Email:

Each entry must include:

  1. A PDF of the PayPal receipt for the appropriate entry fee.E-payment for submissions can be made via PayPal to info@pwac.ca
  2. A separate sheet with the entrant’s full name, address, phone number, email address, title of the submitted piece, and the name of the publication where it appeared. Provide URL here as well if submission is from the Web.
  3. One PDF copy of the original story with the original publication date and byline indicated.
  4. An additional PDF of the story with the byline removed or obscure.

Incomplete entries will be ineligible and therefore discarded. All material that is submitted will not be returned. Judges will not consider any additional information from the entrant other than the story itself.

Submission: Email all entries to info@pwac.ca with “Barbara Novak Award Submission” in the subject line of the email. Entry fee payment receipts should be emailed to the same address.

Deadline: All entries must be received by midnight on Friday, May 15, 2015.

 

 

Best Feature Article Award

This award showcases excellent work by Canadian freelance writers writing feature-length non-fiction articles over 1,200 words in length. The competition is open to PWAC members and non-members. We invite members and non-members alike to circulate the call for entries widely, including other writers, editors, publishers and industry partners.

Prizes

  • First Place: $200 in cash and a free PWAC membership for the 2015 membership year, worth up to a maximum of $265.
  • Runner-up: a free PWAC membership for 2015 and a certificate.
  • Other finalists receive a certificate.

Eligibility

  • Non-fiction articles 1,200 words and over (not including the title or byline), for which payment was received.
  • Articles must have been published in English and in a Canadian print or web media outlet.
  • Publication date must have been between January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Date of publication must appear on submission.

Judging: Criteria will include writing quality, research, originality, impact and overall excellence.

Entry fee: $15 for PWAC members per entry and $25 for non-PWAC members per entry. There is no limit on the number of entries per person, and one cheque for multiple entries is acceptable. The entry fee is only payable by cheque or money order to PWAC, and must accompany entry.

How to Apply by Mail:

Each entry must include:

  1. The appropriate entry fee. E-payment for submissions can be made via PayPal to info@pwac.ca
  2. A separate sheet with the entrant’s full name, address, phone number, email address, title of the submitted piece, and the name of the publication where it appeared. Provide URL here as well if submission is from the Web.
  3. One copy of the original story (photocopies are acceptable) or a printed screenshot (if published on the Web) with the original publication date and byline indicated.
  4. Two additional copies of the story with the byline removed or obscured.

Incomplete entries will be ineligible and therefore discarded. All material that is submitted will not be returned. Judges will not consider any additional information from the entrant other than the story itself.

Submission: Address all entries to “Best Feature Article Award” and mail to PWAC Awards, 265 Torrington Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M 2V3. Multiple entries can be mailed in one envelope.

Deadline: Postmarked by Friday, May 15, 2015.

How to Apply by Email:

Each entry must include:

  1. A PDF of the PayPal receipt for the appropriate entry fee. E-payment for submissions can be made via PayPal to info@pwac.ca
  2. A separate sheet with the entrant’s full name, address, phone number, email address, title of the submitted piece, and the name of the publication where it appeared. Provide URL here as well if submission is from the Web.
  3. One PDF copy of the original story with the original publication date and byline indicated.
  4. An additional PDF of the story with the byline removed or obscure.

Incomplete entries will be ineligible and therefore discarded. All material that is submitted will not be returned. Judges will not consider any additional information from the entrant other than the story itself.

Submission: Email all entries to info@pwac.ca with “Best Feature Article Award” in the subject line of the email. Entry fee payment receipts should be emailed to the same address.

Deadline: All entries must be received by midnight on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Best Short Article Award

This award showcases excellent work by Canadian freelance writers writing non-fiction short articles (up to and including 1200 words). The competition is open to PWAC members and non-members. We invite members and non-members alike to circulate the call for entries widely, including other writers, editors, publishers and industry partners.

Prizes:

  • First Place: $200 in cash and a free PWAC membership for the 2015 membership year, worth up to a maximum of $265.
  • Runner-up: a free PWAC membership for 2015 and a certificate.
  • Other finalists receive a certificate.

Eligibility:

  • Non-fiction articles up to and including 1,200 words (not including the title or byline), for which payment was received.
  • Articles must have been published in English and in a Canadian print or web media outlet.
  • Publication date must have been between January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Date of publication must appear on submission.

Judging: Criteria will include writing quality, research, originality, impact and overall excellence.

Entry fee: $15 for PWAC members per entry and $25 for non-PWAC members per entry. There is no limit on the number of entries per person, and one cheque for multiple entries is acceptable. The entry fee is only payable by cheque or money order to PWAC, and must accompany entry.

How to Apply by Mail:

Each entry must include:

  1. The appropriate entry fee.
  2. A separate sheet with the entrant’s full name, address, phone number, email address, title of the submitted piece, and the name of the publication where it appeared. Provide URL here as well if submission is from the Web.
  3. One copy of the original story (photocopies are acceptable) or a printed screenshot (if published on the Web) with the original publication date and byline indicated.
  4. Two additional copies of the story with the byline removed or obscured.

Incomplete entries will be ineligible and therefore discarded. All material that is submitted will not be returned. Judges will not consider any additional information from the entrant other than the story itself.

Submission: Address all entries to “Best Short Article Award Submission” and mail to PWAC Awards, 265 Torrington Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M 2V3. Multiple entries can be mailed in one envelope.

Deadline: Postmarked by Friday, May 15, 2015.

How to Apply by Email:

Each entry must include:

  1. A PDF of the PayPal receipt for the appropriate entry fee.E-payment for submissions can be made via PayPal to info@pwac.ca
  2. A separate sheet with the entrant’s full name, address, phone number, email address, title of the submitted piece, and the name of the publication where it appeared. Provide URL here as well if submission is from the Web.
  3. One PDF copy of the original story with the original publication date and byline indicated.
  4. An additional PDF of the story with the byline removed or obscure.

Incomplete entries will be ineligible and therefore discarded. All material that is submitted will not be returned. Judges will not consider any additional information from the entrant other than the story itself.

Submission: Email all entries to info@pwac.ca with “Best Short Article Award Submission” in the subject line of the email. Entry fee payment receipts should be emailed to the same address.

Deadline: All entries must be received by midnight on Friday, May 15, 2015.

 

 

Editor of the Year Award

PWAC recognizes how much editors bring writers and readers alike. This award promotes outstanding Canadian editors and mutually respectful writer-editor relationships.

If you are a PWAC member in good standing, please nominate an editor who deserves this recognition. Cite specific and/or personal examples that explain what makes this editor special. Include details about how the editor’s work stood out on articles from the previous year. The more detail you can provide, the better!

Individuals can submit more than one nomination. Multiple members may submit a joint nomination. There is no entry fee. Include the editor’s full name, publication(s), mailing address, email and phone number in your nomination. Email the nomination(s) to info@pwac.ca with the subject heading “Editor of the Year Award Nomination.”

Eligible editors must work for a magazine, newspaper, website, corporate or government publication. They can be staff editors, freelance editors or editors associated with one or more publications. They must have worked as professional editors during the previous calendar year. PWAC members and non-members alike are eligible to receive the award.

Remember: the award honours an individual editor, not a publication or website with which she or he is affiliated. Also, please note: as a result of the action being taken by the coalition of writers organizations in as a result of the company’s new contract, editors at Transcontinental Inc. publications may not be eligible for the 2014 edition of the award.

Criteria for judging will include, but not be limited to, an editor who:

  • Shows respect to professional writers
  • Supports fair pay and contracts for writers
  • Displays excellent editing skills
  • Communicates effectively
  • Stays open to fresh ideas
  • Works with writers to bring out their best, improve their skills and reach high editorial standards
  • Demonstrates flexibility in the editing process
  • Possesses a superior sense of story and character

The winner and finalists each receive a plaque. Finalists are announced in May. The winner is announced at the PWAC / EAC Awards dinner on June 13, 2015.

Deadline: Postmarked (mail entries) or received by email by midnight Friday, May 15, 2015.
Check out some recent coverage of this award:

http://www.copyediting.com/writers-honour-canadian-editors

 

 

Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award*

PWAC recognizes outstanding contributions to the association through its Special Achievement Award. At the 1998 AGM, the award was renamed after Lawrence Jackson, who served the association as its president.

Prize: The winner receives a plaque and a free PWAC membership (worth up to $265) for the 2015 membership year.

Criteria:

  • Specific national accomplishment in the recent year
  • Volunteer involvement at the national level in past years
  • Volunteer involvement at the chapter level in past years

Note: Nominees must be in good standing and may not be members of the current national board of directors.

Judging: All nominees will be considered by the national board of directors, and must not have been previous winners of the award.

Submission: PWAC members submit a formal written nominations for this award with the following information:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Names of two or more nominators, both of whom are PWAC members in good standing)
  • An explanation of why this person is being nominated, and how she or he meets the criteria outlined above.

 

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Email submissions to info@pwac.ca with “Lawrence Jackson Award Nomination” as the subject line.

Deadline: Received by midnight on Friday, May 15, 2015.

 

 

Regional Volunteer Awards*

These awards, established in 2005, recognize the valuable contributions of volunteer members from each of our five regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies and the North, and British Columbia. Each regional winner receives a plaque and a gift voucher.

Judging: The current board of directors’ regional directors will determine the winners, but each regional director will not take part in the selection process for his or her home region.

Submission: PWAC members in good standing are invited to submit formal written nominations for this award. Explain in 500 words or less why the member deserves this award.Email submissions to info@pwac.ca with “Regional Volunteer Awards” as the subject line.

Deadline: Received by midnight, Friday, May 15, 2015.

 
 
 
*Only PWAC members in good standing are eligible for this award

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