The Word Awards (TWA) Information Page

2021 Update

The deadline for entering The Word Awards was March 31st. They are now closed for submissions.

A team has been working on changes that need to be made to the awards in order to make them sustainable especially in this season which is uprooted by the COVID-19 situation.

New for 2021!

Timing:

The submissions will be staggered beginning with the Published Works category. Submissions for Published Works will be open until March 31.

The Awards Celebration will be held in September this year rather than June.

Recognition:

There will be more opportunities provided for promotion of the winning entries. We believe that this will be a practical way to boost sales for the winners. However, the 2021 Word Awards will not include a cash award for most of the category winners (with the exception of specialty awards.)

In addition, for 2021 we have also decided to omit the engraved glass awards. This is an attempt on our part to move toward going green.  Both of these measures are efforts to cut costs in order to enable us to continue to provide the Word Guild Awards program that we believe fosters quality writing from a Christian perspective in Canada.

In order to share cost cutting measures with those who will be submitting books for the Word Guild Awards, we will be accepting all books online for the 2021 Word Guild Awards. Details for this will be included in the submission process. Not having to supply and mail bound copies of the books will reduce significantly the cost to authors making submissions.

For authors, this means a shift from sending us a physical book to submitting an electronic (PDF) copy instead.

Our original process required authors to mail their books to our coordinators, who then mailed them to our judges. In our new process, entrants will submit PDF copies of their books over the internet. This results in savings for authors, who no longer need to purchase and send us copies of their own books by mail. It also eliminates the potential challenges of visiting a post office during the pandemic, or of your book arriving late or getting lost in transit.

The Word Awards were established to encourage the pursuit of excellence in the art, craft, practice and ministry of writing and help to raise the profile of Canadian writers who are Christian.

2021 AWARDS TIMELINE

FOR BOOKS  AND ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN 2020

*Schedule Subject to Change

February  2021 THE WORD AWARDS (TWA) OPEN 
March 31st, 2021 ***ONE DEADLINE****FOR ALL CLASSES****
Closes at midnight PST.
July 7, 2021 SHORT LIST SHOW ANNOUNCED *LIVE*
Emailed out later that day and posted on TWG website.
July 15, 2021 Specialty awards Judging begins for:
THE WORD AWARDS GRAND PRIZE FOR ‘BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR’ AWARD, HARVEY/MACKEY AWARD & DEBRA FIEGUTH AWARD
September  2021 WINNERS ANNOUNCED at The 2021 Word Awards Celebration or Gala which will stream live from sea to shining sea! Stay Tuned for more Details

JUDGING MARKS

Will be sent out for all entries to The Words Awards via email the first two weeks of October following the announcement of winners at the annual awards celebration.

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AWARDS BREAKDOWN

  • PUBLISHED WORK
    • ENGLISH PUBLISHED WORK (Books, Articles, Short Pieces, Scripts, Lyrics)
    • FRENCH PUBLISHED WORK (Books)
    • GRAND PRIZE–GRACE IRWIN BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
    • COWLICK STUDIOS BEST BOOK COVER AWARD
    • DAVID MAINSE BEST BLOG OF THE YEAR AWARD
    • TERENCE L. BINGLEY BEST SONG LYRICS OF THE YEAR
    • LESLIE K. TARR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    • DEBRA FIEGUTH SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
    • HARVEY/MACKEY JOURNALISTIC AWARD
  • UNPUBLISHED WRITING
    • CASTLE QUAY BEST NEW CANADIAN MANUSCRIPT
    • FRESH INK STUDENT WRITING CONTESTS
    • IN THE BEGINNING

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TWA GUIDELINES & CATEGORIES :

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SUBMISSION FORMS:

Writers may submit works published in the previous year including books, articles, poems, song lyrics, scripts and short stories depending on the Category Details.

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2018 Award Winners View all the Word Awards winners from this year. View Winners >
2019 Award Winners View all the Word Awards winners from this year. View Winners >

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History:

The 2020 Word Awards Celebration

2020 Word Awards Celebration

LIVE with Sherry Stahl, Awards Coordinator & Joe Amaral

Watch the Recorded Show on TWA Facebook Page & The Word Guild YouTube Channel

DOWNLOAD THE CELEBRATION PROGRAM –> HERE
DOWNLOAD THE SHORT LIST –> HERE
DOWNLOAD THE WINNER’S LIST –> HERE

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WANT TO KNOW WHO WON IN THE 2019 WORD AWARDS?

Check out our TWA Finalists Page