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 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 January to June 2020 period is CLOSED.

Submissions will open again in January 2020.

As any Toronto Arts Council funded programme, Toronto Lit Up is designed to represent the residents of the City of Toronto and its equity priority groups, which include those who identify as persons of colour, deaf persons, persons with disabilities and persons living with mental illness, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIAP, as well as other historically underserved writers. Self-published authors who identify with one or more TAC’s equity priority groups and are members of The Writers Union of Canada are welcome to apply.

Toronto Lit Up will feature works from various genres. 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 programme’s commencement (2019), and lives and works in Toronto for at least eight months of the year. The book publication date must be within 3 months of the anticipated launch event date.

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