The Toronto Lit Up Committee, made up of Dionne Brand (University of Guelph and chair of the committee), Ayesha Chatterjee (League of Canadian Poets), Alison Jones (Quill and Quire) and Hazel Millar (Literary Press Group) will adjudicate all selections.
Toronto Lit Up will feature works from various genres. The committee will be looking to include published works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, short-story, graphic-novels as well as cookbooks, gardening books, sports-related stories, satire and much more. Publishers can submit more than one author for committee consideration for this program.
As any Toronto Lit Up funded program is designed to represent the residents of the City of Toronto, Toronto Lit Up will aim to achieve representation of culturally diverse, Indigenous and LGBTQ writers.
Events can take place anywhere in the City of Toronto (the former boroughs of Etobicoke, North York, East York, Scarborough, Central Toronto, and York).
To be eligible for this program, the author must:
be a resident of the city Toronto, living in the city for at least 8 months of the year
have been a Toronto resident for at least 1 year prior to the launch date
The book publication date must be within 3 months of the anticipated launch event date
We ask that all Toronto Lit Up events have a celebration atmosphere and include speeches or readings of up to 15-20 minutes total as this is a condition for our funding. This includes launches with multiple authors. Launches should not replace readings, panels or interview events.
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Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and the Toronto International Festival of Authors, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career building opportunities. For more information, please visit https://festivalofauthors.ca/events/toronto-lit-up