TORONTO The Word Awards Gala on June 12, 2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of recognizing the best of Canadian writing from a Christian world view. 

This black tie affair celebrates both new and emerging writers, and honours the lifetime achievement of literary luminaries, the likes of Jean Vanier, J.I. Packer, Rudy Wiebe and Jean Little.

One highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the $5,000 Grace Irwin Award, donated by retired book publisher John W. Irwin (nephew of the award’s namesake) and his wife Eleanor. It will celebrate the best book published in 2012 by a Canadian who is Christian.

This year the recipients of all of the major awards over the past 25 years will be highlighted, and winners of the more than 34 book and short feature categories will be announced.   

There is still time to join in the Silver Anniversary Celebration! You can attend The 2013 Word Awards Gala!

When: Wednesday June 12th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.  (stand up reception following)

Where: World Vision Headquarters, 1 World Drive, Mississauga, ON

Get tickets: Purchase tickets online  

You can sponsor The Word Awards 2013!

Adopt an Award when you advertise, donate, or honour the memory of a loved one.  See sponsor for more information.




The Word Guild is a growing team of Canadian writers, editors, speakers, publishers, booksellers, librarians and other interested individuals who are Christian. From all parts of Canada and many denominational and cultural backgrounds, they are united in our common passion to positively influence individuals – and ultimately the Canadian culture – through life-changing words that bring God’s message of hope. 

The Word Guild encourages the exploration of God-given gifts and talents; provides opportunities for people to work together; and fosters excellence in the art, craft, practice and ministry of writing, editing and speaking.  

In addition to Write! Canada, its annual flagship event, The Word Guild sponsors a number of awards programs for published and unpublished writers, including Canada’s largest literary prize for writers who are Christian, the $5,000 Grace Irwin Award. It also holds an annual black-tie writing awards gala in Toronto, and regional Write! events in locations such as Vancouver, Kitchener, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal, and London, Ontario.

Three categories of membership, renewed yearly, are available: professional writers and editors; associate members, who are beginning to put together a body of published work; and affiliates working in publishing, bookselling, libraries, etc. Membership benefits include discounted rates for Write! Canada.

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Media: For photos or more information, email Judy Bingley, The Word Guild Administrative Assistant, at info [at] thewordguild [dot] com