News & Events

  • Announcing the winners of the 2018 Manitoba Book Awards! Nous sommes heureux de vous presenter les gagnants pour les Prix du livre du Manitoba 2018!

    Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie

    Comma by Jennifer Still, published by Book*hug


    The Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards/Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition


    Book Design

    Children Shouldn’t Use Knives and Other Tales by Shirley Camia, cover and interior design by Matthew Stevens and Shirley Camia, illustrations by Cindy Mochizuki, published by At Bay Press


    Children’s Illustration

    Where Do Sticky Buns Come From? by Jon McPhail, design and illustration by Jonathan Dyck, published by Jonnies Sticky Buns Inc.


    General Illustration

    Portraits of the North by Gerald Kuehl, cover design by Dave Maddocks of Shine Branding, illustrations by Gerald Kuehl, published by Les Éditions des Plaines/Vidacom


    Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher/Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba

    From the Tundra to the Trenches by Eddy Weetaltuk, interior design by Jess Koroscil, cover design by Mike Carroll, published by University of Manitoba Press


    Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction/Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais

    Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists by Margo Goodhand, published by Fernwood Publishing


    The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction 

    The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan, published by Goose Lane Editions


    Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award/Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg

    Once More with Feeling by Méira Cook, published by House of Anansi Press


    The Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction

    Strangers – Book 1 of The Reckoner Series by David A. Robertson, published by
    HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press


    John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer/Prix John-Hirsch pour l’écrivain manitobain le plus prometteur

    Karen Clavelle


    Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

    Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists by Margo Goodhand, published by Fernwood Publishing


    McNally Robinson Book for Young People Awards

    Older Category

    Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson, published by Dundurn Press

    Younger Category

     The Sockeye Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett David Huson) and illustrated by Natasha Donovan, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press


    McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award

    The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan, published by Goose Lane Editions


    Toutes nos félicitations!

  • AGM Minutes

    The following link will open the updated AGM minutes. MWG AGM Minutes 2017.

  • Manitoba Writer’s Guild Governance Manual

    For all members: This link will open a copy of the 2017 Governance Manual. You will be able to print or save when it opens in your browser.

    MWG Governance2017

  • Upcoming Workshops

    The Art and Craft of Writing Family Stories with Lorri Neilsen Glenn. Family stories appear in a wealth of forms – as poems, essays, memoir, postcard stories, plays and more. (And we know short stories and novels often include family stories re-imagined). This workshop will explore the many ways we can craft our family and ancestral stories into compelling poetry and prose.  Wed, 15 November 2017, 6PM – 8 PM  Get tickets.


    The Story Tellers Almanac, Fiction Writing Basics with Rick Donovan, Saturday November 25 from 10-4.


    More on the horizon. Keep checking.

  • Upcoming Events

    A Blue Pencil Session with Gretchen Derige has been arranged for Sunday, November 26 from 2-4 pm. We can take 6 participants so please contact the Guild office to reserve your spot (204-944-8013). Participants should email ( up to 10 pages of fiction you would like critiqued at least a week before the session, so Gretchen can review your work and give advice on Nov. 26th. No poetry for this session, please. We will have a facilitator for a Poetry Blue Pencil Session in the new year.


    Pajama Party! We’ve been throwing around the idea of a 24 hour writing marathon during NaNoWriMo. We’ve booked the classroom for November 18/19 from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday. For a $5-$10 fee, we will provide beverages (non-alcoholic), chili (a pot with meat and one without) and buns, baking and munchies, as well as toast and muffins for breakfast. Please let the Guild office know if you are interested in participating in this fun writing event. We can probably accommodate 10 participants.


    Holiday Get Together. We’re planning a seasonal get-together in early December where members can mingle with people from some of the other arts organizations in the building as well as members from the national organization, The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC). It will be a free event, but we are not adverse to party-goers bringing a plate of dainties or other snack-type donation! Beverages, hot and cold, will be provided. Look to our Facebook page for details a bit later in the months.


    Public Reading Grants: The Manitoba Arts Council will be taking over the administration of the program. A link will be provided soon, or you can contact Martine Friesen ( ) or the MAC office at 204-945-8630)

  • Current Board Members

    We have a list of the current board members here.

    The MWG is seeking a volunteer to take over the Financial Chair’s position. This person does not necessarily need to be a member, but they must have the skills this positions requires. Please contact any board member, call or email the office if you are interested in this position.

  • Public Reading Grant Program

    The Manitoba Arts Council will be taking over the Public Reading Grant Program. See details here.