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Authors Demand Fair Contracts

January 5, 2016

An open letter to the members of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), the Literary Press Group (LPG), and the Canadian Publishers’ Council (CPC):

Today, author groups from around the world have signed on to an open letter regarding the Fair Contract Initiative from our sister organization, the Authors Guild (AG) in the United States. The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) has included its name and logo on this letter. TWUC works closely with the Authors Guild on many initiatives, most notably global copyright concerns (TWUC is, for instance, a friend of the court in the AG’s ongoing book-scanning lawsuit against Google). We fully endorse the AG’s recent work updating contract principles.

TWUC has been sharing with its members the AG’s new contract principles as they have been published on their website over the last six months. As a founding member of the International Authors Forum (IAF), TWUC is also contributing to work on new, global contract principles for creative professionals. You will find attached both the AG’s open letter and the IAF’s Ten Principles for Fair Contracts.

TWUC has long advised its members on contract terms and negotiation using its own Model Trade Book Agreement, and we believe the time has come to update this document to better reflect the changed reality of writing and publishing in Canada. There is no question the economic reality for Canadian authors has deteriorated in the years corresponding with massive changes in the publishing industry. TWUC’s 2015 income survey report shows that author incomes have declined 27% since 1998, and that, distressingly, annual writing income is below the poverty line for 80% of Canada’s writers. These findings are mirrored by similar studies in both the US and UK. The reasons for this decline are complex, and contract terms are not solely to blame, but they are part of the mix and need to be addressed.

TWUC is aware that many independent Canadian publishers have used its Model Trade Book Agreement as a template when drawing up their own first contracts. In that spirit of professional cooperation, we want to make sure you’re aware of the fair contract movement in the author community. In fact, we invite representatives from the ACP, LPG, and CPC to be part of the Canadian discussion around new contract terms. TWUC proposes a roundtable discussion about contract principles aimed at establishing general best practices. In the meantime, please read the many tweaks and changes to industry standard contracts proposed by both the AG and the IAF.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

The Writers’ Union of Canada

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VPL South Hill Library Talk Today

Thanks to the Writers’ Union of Canada for sponsoring my talk today at the VPL South Hill Library on Fraser Street. I will be talking to a grade 12 law class from John Oliver High School about myself, my writing and a couple of my books, including The Darkness Between the Stars and The Perfect Cut.

This is a great opportunity to talk to students about my life as a writer and to give them some personal insight into what drives me to write about teens and for teens. In this changing literary landscape, these chances to speak directly to kids are fewer and farther between so I am grateful to the Writers’ Union for this afternoon’s face-to-face with my readers. It will be fun 🙂

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Writers’ Union of Canada Call for Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

20th Annual Short Prose Competition

for Developing Writers

$2,500 PRIZE

 

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until March 1, 2013 for the 20th Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.

 

PRIZE

 

$2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.

 

JURY

 

Writers Ami McKay, Rosemary Nixon, and Mark A. Rayner will serve as the jury.

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

 

  • ·         Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.
  • ·         Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only.
  • ·         Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, email address, word count, and number of pages of entry.
  • ·         Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
  • ·         Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $29 per entry.
  • ·         Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2013 to be eligible.
  • ·         Mail entries to: SPC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

 

Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in May 2013. Manuscripts will not be returned.

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The Writers’ Union of Canada – Writing for Children Competition

16th annual Writing for Children Competition invites writers to submit a piece for children up to 1,500 words in the English language that has not previously been published in any format. A $1,500 prize will be awarded to an unpublished Canadian writer. The winner will be announced in July 2012. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Complete rules and regulations

Deadline for entries is April 24.

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16th Annual Writing for Children Competition: $1,500 Prize

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until April 24, 2012 for the 16th annual Writing for Children Competition. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 1,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.

PRIZE

$1,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian children’s publishers.

JURY

Writers Don Calame, Hazel Hutchins, and Rene Schmidt will serve as the jury.

ELIGIBILITY

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have not been published in book format in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

· Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled. Do not send entries that only have a few sentences per page.

· Illustrations are not accepted.

· Submissions will be accepted by hardcopy only.

· Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, email address, word count, and number of pages of entry.

· Please type the name of the entrant and the title of the entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.

· Make your cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $15 per submission.

· Entries must be postmarked by April 24, 2012 to be eligible.

· Mail entries to: WFC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

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Great Writing For Children Competition: $1,500 Prize

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

15th ANNUAL WRITING FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until April 24, 2011, for the 2011 WRITING FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION. The winning entry will be the best Canadian children’s story of 1,500 words in the English language, written by an unpublished author.

PRIZE

$1,500 for the winning entry and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian children’s publishers.

JURY

Melanie Florence, Dave Glaze, and Roy Miki will serve as the jury.

ELIGIBILITY

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original (English language) fiction or nonfiction, up to 1,500 words, not published in any format.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

· Entries should be typed, double-spaced, and numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled. Do not send entries that have only a few sentences per page.

· Illustrations are not accepted.

· Electronic submissions will not be accepted.

· Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, e-mail, word count, and number of pages of entry.

· Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.

· Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $15 per submission.

· Entries must be postmarked by APRIL 24, 2011 to be eligible.

· Mail entries to: WFC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in July 2011. Manuscripts will not be returned.

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