Toronto Lit Up

About the Programme

Meet local authors and join them in celebrating the launch of new books! The Toronto International Festival of Authors has partnered with the Toronto Arts Council (TAC) on Toronto Lit Up: a multi-year initiative designed to spotlight local writers and empower them with career-building opportunities.

Toronto Lit Up book launches are open to the public and free to attend. They take place throughout the year at Harbourfront Centre and other venues across the city.

Meet the Selection Committee

The committee, made up of Dionne Brand (University of Guelph and Chair of the committee), Ayesha Chatterjee (past president, League of Canadian Poets), Alison Jones (Quill and Quire) and Hazel Millar (Literary Press Group) will adjudicate all selections.


Submission for the July to December 2019 period is CLOSED

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 programme.

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 programme’s commencement (2019), and lives and works in Toronto for at least eight months of the year.

Follow along on social media through #TorontoLitUp