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The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) has moved its activities online due to the pandemic. Look for AICWCanada on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube. Check out the weekly "Shut Up and Write!" to feel connected to a community of writers; and join the monthly "4 chiacchiere in italiano" to speak Italian with native speakers. The Books and Biscotti Literary Series (Open Mic) features eight writers every month. Write to info@aicw.ca for details. Watch AICW events, including “The Art of the Pitch,” on YouTube (AICWCanada). Questions? Write to info@aicw.ca.

Queer and Italian Canadian Project

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) is pleased to announce the launch of the groundbreaking volume Here & Now: An Anthology of Queer Italian-Canadian Writing, June 22 at 5 p.m. ET. Register at https://www.italianstudies.utoronto.ca/events/launch-here-and-now-anthology-queer-italian-canadian-writing The AICW and the Queer Studies in Quebec Research Group (ÉRÉQQ) released the documentary Creative Spaces: Queer and Italian Canadian in 2021.

Watch the trailer

Write to info@aicw.ca or visit http://www.queeritaliancanadian.com

18th AICW Biennial Conference – Torino 2021

The Traces We Leave: Italian Canadians and Their Works.
The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the University of Turin will be hosting the 18th Biennial Conference of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW), in 2022 (dates to be confirmed). A virtual pre-conference will be held early October 2021.
Details coming soon.

Special Issue of Italian Canadiana, Volume 34

New Perspectives in Italian Canadian Writing: Dynamics of Cultural Inheritance. This volume is an open door that allows the reader into a space where cultural identity is still a topic to be studied and discussed, as the impact of immigration cannot and must not be totally dismissed. However, we are now seeing a transformation whereby memory, in its more esoteric form, is opening the passage into a more artistic and literary representation of migration for Italian Canadian writers. This movement is shown clearly in the essays, both academic and personal, fiction and faction, poems and interviews, contributed by the 27 authors, whose work fills the 185 pages of this book.

To purchase this book, please write to: info@aicw.ca.


The AICW Bressani Literary Prize recognizes the literary production of Canadian authors of Italian origin. It is awarded to the Italian-Canadian author of the best eligible literary work in four categories: fiction, poetry, non-fiction and first book. Submissions can be in English, French or Italian. Deadline: May 31, 2021. Click here.

AICW Venera Fazio Poetry Contest

First prize $100; Second prize $ 75; Third prize $ 50; one Honourable Mention. Three poems of up to 40 lines each or 1 longer poem of up to 140 lines. Submissions can be in English, French, or Italian. Deadline: April 30, 2021. Click here.