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.


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.

Creative Spaces: Queer and Italian Canadian (Documentary)

Creative Spaces: Queer and Italian Canadian (Documentary)
The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) and the Queer Studies in Quebec Research Group (ÉRÉQQ) are pleased to announce the release of the documentary Creative Spaces: Queer and Italian Canadian. The premiere on March 3, 2021, was hosted by the Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian-Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto and Accenti Magazine.

Watch the trailer

For future screenings and events, follow https://www.facebook.com/CreativeQueerItalianCanadian or write to info@aicw.ca

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 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.

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), October 6-8 (9), 2021. The program will be available shortly.

Click here to see the call for papers.

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.