The Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and the Toronto International Festival of Authors have partnered on Toronto Lit Up, a 3-year initiative designed to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities.

Toronto Lit Up book release parties take place all year long at Harbourfront Centre and other venues across the city.

The goal of this programme is to provide Toronto authors* with significant presentation opportunities and provide curious readers with access to their local writing community.

Meet the Selection Committee:

The committee, made up of Dionne Brand (University of Guelph and Chair of the committee), Alison Jones (Quill and Quire), Hazel Millar (Literary Press Group), Christine Saratsiotis (The Festival), and Geoffrey Taylor (The Festival) will adjudicate all selections.


Toronto Lit Up will feature works from a variety of genre. The committee will be looking to include published works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, short-story, graphic-novels as well as cookbooks, gardening books, sports-related stories, satire and much more. Publishers can submit more than one author for committee consideration for this program.

What to include with your submission?

  • Name of the author
  • Author’s bio
  • Title of the book
  • Genre
  • Book synopsis
  • Publication date
  • Publicity copy of the book

*Author must be a resident of Toronto for at least one year prior to the program’s commencement (2016), and lives and works in Toronto for at least 8 months of the year.


For more information, please contact

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