Toronto – May 11, 2011 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced today a generous sponsorship from Hilary Weston that will create the largest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada.
To be entitled the Writers’ Trust Hilary Weston Prize, the award will provide $60,000 to the eventual winner. Up to four finalists will each receive $5,000. The prize will be presented in Toronto at a gala event this fall which honours the prize finalists and champions their work. An additional education component will be developed to provide Canadian high schools with resources to connect prize finalists and their writing with young readers.
“Our writers are held in great esteem world-wide for the quality and range of their ideas and ability to express them,” said Mrs. Weston. “I am honoured to have this unique opportunity to recognize our writers and contribute to meaningful efforts aimed at further enhancing the status of nonfiction writers in Canada and around the world.”
This award succeeds the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, which was without a sponsor since 2008.