Weston International Award
Nonfiction that broadens global perspectives.
The Weston International Award is administered by Writers’ Trust of Canada to elevate nonfiction writing on the global stage.
The award honours career achievement of an international author whose body of nonfiction work, written in English or widely available in translation, has advanced our understanding of the world.
- Eligible authors will have published at least three books of outstanding literary merit in the genre of nonfiction. Literary nonfiction includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography.
- Authors who are eligible for the $75,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction are not eligible for the Weston International Award.
- Work must be written in English or widely available in translation.
- There is no submission process.
Committee & Jury
International Advisory Committee
A committee of three distinguished nonfiction writers will create a longlist of authors for consideration by the jury. The committee is appointed for a three-year term.
A jury of five distinguished Canadian nonfiction authors read works by the longlisted candidates to select a prize winner. This jury is convened annually.
For the inaugural prize in 2023, the jurors are:
A Message from
The Hon. Hilary M. Weston
As global citizens, we all benefit from books that have the power to inform and expand our collective knowledge. In supporting Writers’ Trust of Canada’s national and international nonfiction prizes, our Foundation hopes to encourage writing that demonstrates rigor and research, influences our shared perspectives, and builds bridges where once there were none. This is a unique opportunity for Canadian authors to celebrate their international peers while at the same time promoting their own work on the world stage.
The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation
The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation contributes to charities whose bold ideas shape a better future for everyone.
The Foundation has committed $1.5 million in funding to Writers’ Trust of Canada over the course of three years to elevate and embolden nonfiction writers at home and abroad.
Beginning in 2023, the Weston International Award and the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction will provide more than $230,000 in direct support of writers annually. In so doing, the Foundation encourages the continuation of quality nonfiction writing, facilitates fellowship between Canadian writers and their international counterparts, and fosters the sharing of key ideas on topics of global importance.
Writers’ Trust of Canada
About Writers’ Trust
Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to support and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs including 12 literary awards, financial grants, career development initiatives for emerging writers, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers.
Learn about Canadian writers and writing at writerstrust.com