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WGA 2017 Youth/Emerging Writing Contest

  The Writers’ Guild of Alberta continues to cultivate connections with emerging writers and the youth writing community of our province. To that end, we are pleased to announce a special youth writing contest, with a $500 prize to be presented at our 2017 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in June. Authors of all entries must […]

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2017 Mentorship Program Participants Announced

The WGA is pleased to announce the the names of the participants in the 2017 Mentorship Program! Congratulations to the following writers, who were chosen by a WGA-appointed jury earlier this month: Marco Melfi (Edmonton) will work with mentor Vivian Hansen (Calgary) on poetry. Sherryl Melnyk (Calgary) will work with mentor Julie Sedivy (Calgary) on […]

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2016 Borderlines Writers Circle

Mohamed Abdi is a Somali-Canadian writer, documentary film maker, and essayist in advocacy journalism, with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. He self-published a nonfiction book, The Agony of Somalia’s Civil War, in 2004, and an eBook of short stories titled Mother Somalia: Stories of Hope in 2012. He has contributed many articles written in English […]

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2016 – 17 Canadian Literary Awards at a Glance!

With the announcement of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize coming up on November 7, and the release of the winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, we thought we might provide a page with links and release/submission dates for a number of Canadian literary awards. October 25 – Governor General’s Literary Awards announced November 1 – […]

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2016 High Plains Book Awards

  Congratulations to the 2016 High Plains Book Awards finalists! This year, 10 of the nominees for the High Plains Books Awards hail from Canadian cites, including Red Deer, Edmonton, Moose Jaw, Regina, Winnipeg and Saskatoon. The WGA would like to extend our congratulations to all the nominees, and wish them all the best of luck at […]

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The 2015 Calgary Awards Recipients Announced

From The City of Calgary Newsroom: “The City of Calgary will be presenting the 2015 Calgary Awards to recipients on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Calgary Municipal Building Atrium. Media are invited to attend the event to obtain interviews and photographs. “The Calgary Awards is The City’s citizen recognition program celebrating Calgarians and local […]

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WGA Edmonton Fall Kickoff Recap

Our thanks to all the speakers and attendees at our Edmonton Fall Kick-off last week, where we had the opportunity to hear from representatives of a number of local organizations about their upcoming events and programming. The evening was such a success that we wanted to post a recap of some of the announcements mentioned at the event. To find […]

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WGA Now on Instagram!

  The WGA is now on Instagram! Find us here for photos of the presenters at last week’s Edmonton Fall Kick-off! Also, the WGA’s Youth Hub can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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WestWord Review Task Force 2016: Terms of Reference

General Purpose The WestWord Review Task Force is being created to review all facets of WestWord, including content, frequency, design and layout, and distribution. WestWord comprises about 10% of our total expenses, costing on average more than $9000 per issue, which translates to $55-60,000 per year when delivered bi-monthly. WestWord is also considered one of […]

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WGA Endowment Fund

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) needs your help.  The WGA relies heavily on government grants and the generosity of individuals and corporations, all of which can be unpredictable in times of economic uncertainty. We have created the WGA Endowment Fund with the goal of establishing longevity and future sustainability so we can continue to […]

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