Canadian Authors Association

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The Canadian Authors Association is Canada's oldest association for writers and authors.[1] The organization has published several periodicals, organized local chapters and events for Canadian writers, and sponsors writing awards, including the Governor General's Awards.


The Canadian Authors Association was founded in 1921. The founding organizers included John Murray Gibbon, Bernard Keble Sandwell, Stephen Leacock, and Pelham Edgar.[2] By the end of its first year the organization had more than 700 members.[3]

In its early years the association was known for its conservative views on literature and its support of traditional writing genres,[4] including colourful idealized stories in quaint local settings.[5] Local chapters of the CAA organized activities to encourage and develop the skills of Canadian writers, including study groups, readings, and workshops.[6]

In 1919, the CAA founded a magazine, Canadian Bookman.[7][8] In 1936, the association founded Canadian Poetry, edited by E. J. Pratt.[9]

The association founded the Governor General's Awards in 1937, Canada's highest literary award, as well as the Canadian Authors Association Awards.[1]


The Canadian Authors Association Awards (CAAA) are presented in several categories to authors who are Canadian born or permanent residents.[1]

CAA Award for fiction (annually announced in June)[10]
CAA The Lela Common Award for Canadian History
CAA Award for Poetry
CAA Award for emerging writer
CAA Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Award
  • 2017 Margo Wheaton (Halifax) for The unlit path behind the house[13]
  • 2016 Caroline Vu for Palawan story


  1. ^ a b c John Lennox (December 16, 2013). "Canadian Authors Association". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Harrington, Lyn (1981). Syllables of Recorded Time: The Story of the Canadian Authors Association, 1921-1981. Dundurn. pp. 21–22. ISBN 978-0-88924-112-1. Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  3. ^ "Some Canadian authors", The Glengarry News, November 25, 1921. from the Glengarry Archives website
  4. ^ Reingard M. Nischik (2008). History of Literature in Canada: English-Canadian and French-Canadian. Camden House. pp. 154–155. ISBN 978-1-57113-359-5.
  5. ^ "The Modern-Realistic Movement in English-Canadian Literature". page 6. Colin Hill, Department of English McGill University, Montreal, Apr 8, 2003
  6. ^ W.G. Fleming (15 December 1972). Educational Contributions of Associations: Ontario's Educative Society. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. pp. 251–252. ISBN 978-1-4875-9706-1.
  7. ^ William H. New (2002). Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press. p. 566. ISBN 978-0-8020-0761-2. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  8. ^ W.H. New; William Herbert New (6 August 2003). A History of Canadian Literature. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-7735-2597-9.
  9. ^ "Men of the Cloth and the Book: E.J. Pratt and Lorne Pierce". by Cheryl Cundell, Queen's University
  10. ^ Years before cf. The Europa Directory of Literary Awards and Prizes, Europa Publ., Routlege, 2015 ISBN 1857431464
  11. ^ CAA winners 2016
  12. ^ CAA winners 2015
  13. ^ Wheaton at Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia