AICW Venera Fazio Poetry Contest (Extended Deadline)

First prize $150; 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: August 31, 2022. Click here.


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.
Shortlists Announced.
To read the press release click here. To see the shortlists click here.

AICW 40th Anniversary Anthology

To mark the AICW's 40th anniversary, in 2026, the AICW will publish an anthology of poetry and prose. Click here to see the Call for Submissions.

Follow the AICW on Social Media

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 "4 chiacchiere in italiano" to speak Italian with native speakers. 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 Italian-Canadian Project

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) is pleased to announce the publication of the groundbreaking volume Here & Now: An Anthology of 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
See Call for Submissions: Second Anthology of Queer Italian-Canadian Writing.

18th AICW Conference – Torino, September 2022

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 Conference of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW). Details coming soon. Watch the virtual pre-conference event held in October 2021.

“Relaunch Your Passion for Writing” Mentorship Program

The Association of Italian-Canadian Writers (AICW) is pleased to announce the “Relaunch Your Passion for Writing” Mentorship Program. The project is funded by the Government of Quebec’s Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, with English Language Arts Network (ELAN) as project supporter, to relaunch the arts and culture sector during Covid-19. Click here for details. Click here to see Mentors & Mentees.