“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.

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.

Queer 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 Conference – Torino, May 5-7, 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), May 5-7, 2022. A virtual pre-conference may be held early October 2021.
Details coming soon.


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.