2018 Writers’ Grant Awards

Our first annual Writers’ Grant Awards is a success!

On Tuesday May 15th the WCYR announced the winners of our 1st annual Writers’ Grant Awards. Three enthusiastic winners received their certificates and have until December 31st, 2018 to submit for their prize money.

This year, we chose to award 3 Education Grants. Based on the quality of all grants submitted (for both Education and Publishing) the judging committee felt the strongest applicants, regardless of category, should receive the awards.

And so, congratulations goes out to:

Carol Newhouse for winning the WritersPlayGround sponsored Education Grant for new writers. Carol will be putting her award money toward a dialogue course at George Brown College.

Craig Hodgins for winning The Bookshelf sponsored Education Grant. Craig will be attending the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina.

Cynthia St-Pierre for winning the Weaving Words Festival of Storytellers Education Grant. Cynthia will be attending the Toastmasters Club, The Court of Blarney for one year.


The WCYR Board of Directors would like to thank everyone for their grant submissions this year. We are excited to continue this new tradition with a minimum of 2 Writing Related Grants offered each year.

Submissions for consideration for 2019’s grants opens January 1st. If you didn’t get a chance to win this year or you thought about submitting but never found the time, start preparing early. You could win up to $200.00 to put toward either an Education or Publishing related writing endeavour.

We cannot thank our Grant Sponsors enough for their contributions to this wonderful opportunity. Please join me in thanking:

Barbara Hunt of WritersPlayGround

  • Your source for opportunities, materials or just a giggle from the world of writing, craft or life in general.

Caitlin Wagg (and the community of East Gwillimbury) of the Weaving Words Writers Festival in Sharon

  • A celebration of stories and the many ways that we tell them, through written and spoken word, through music, film and dance.

Douglas Owen of The Bookshelf book fair

  • WCYR’s celebration of local Canadian authors where readers can meet their next favourite author.


The WCYR Team

Written by

MJ Moores began her career as an English teacher in Ontario, Canada. Her love of storytelling and passion for writing has stayed with her since the age of nine. MJ relishes tales of adventure and journeys of self-realization. She enjoys writing in a variety of genres but speculative fiction remains her all time favourite. MJ runs the emerging writers’ website Infinite Pathways where she offers editing & publicity advice as well as platform building opportunities. Be sure to check out her sci/fi fantasy series, The Chronicles of Xannia. Connect with MJ at http://mjmoores.com or http://facebook.com/AuthorMJMoores

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