Public Readings by English-language Quebec Writers

Funded by The Canada Council for the Arts and the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018 Education, Immigration, Communities.

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada

The Quebec Writers' Federation fund for the Quebec Writers Out Loud program to support readings across Canada by Quebec-based English-language authors was renewed in 2016 for the period from April 1 2016 to March 31 2019.

The Quebec Writers’ Out Loud fund is fully committed for the year April 1 2017 to March 31 2018. However, it is possible that some funds will be freed up due to cancellation, so you are welcome inquire or submit an application on spec.

We are now accepting applications for the year April 1 2018, for events until March 31 2019.

The Quebec Writers Out Loud program is designed for public presenters throughout Canada, including but not limited to ongoing reading series, libraries, bookstores and literary festivals. See below for details on the program, eligibility criteria and application procedure. Authors must be QWF members.


Through this program, the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF), with a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, will reimburse honoraria and travel costs for public readings by English-language (EL) Quebec authors held by organizations across Canada. The goal of the program is to increase opportunities for Quebec (EL) authors to be heard outside of their immediate area, and particularly to enable them to travel to other parts of the province and country. As such, readings within 15 kilometres of the hometown of the writer will not be funded. If funds remain unspent as of January 2019, that restriction may be lifted for the remaining three months.

The normal Canada Council rates apply, with a 20% supplement due to the fact that English-language writers in Quebec are members of an official language minority. QWF pays the author an honorarium of $300 per full (solo) reading or a $150 honorarium per half (joint) reading. We also reimburse travel expenses up to the following maximums:

For up to three full readings per trip:  For up to six half readings per trip:  
First reading: $480First two readings: $360
Second reading:$480Second two readings:$360
Third reading: $360Third two readings:$240
Total maximum covered: $1,320Total maximum covered: $960

Organizations that intend to organize four readings or more (i.e., a tour, as defined by the Canada Council) may request up to $1,400 as a contribution toward travel costs, accommodation, and per diem.

For destinations located above the 55th parallel and remote parts of the country, organizations can ask for doubled travel amounts with a written and detailed justification of related costs.

Host organizations must send copies of advertisements and promotional materials by email to [ admin AT QWF DOT org ] as soon as they become available. All publicity materials must acknowledge the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts through the Quebec Writers’ Federation and must feature both organizations’ logos (download logos here).

Please note: The Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) does not reimburse reading fees and travel expenses to hosts or festival organizations. QWF will reimburse authors directly, after the event has taken place and upon receipt of the author’s reading report and invoice form with original itemized receipts. Under this program, we cannot reimburse any travel expenses from outside of Canada.  


Host organizations/Venues/Formats: To be eligible for funding, the reading(s) must be held in a publicly accessible venue (library, bookstore, festival location, etc.) and advertised to the community at large.

This program cannot fund conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions, fundraising events, or book prizes. QWF Quebec Writers Out Loud cannot fund readings for which honoraria and travel costs are funded by another Canada Council program.

Eligible Authors/Books:
Ineligible Authors:


The host organization must contact and arrange a date with an author before applying for funding. For help contacting a Quebec author, write to Rachel McCrum [ rachel AT QWF DOT org .

Once an author and date have been secured, download and complete the application form and submit it to QWF.

The completed application form should be sent in at least FOUR (4) weeks in advance of the reading date.

Once your application has been approved, confirmation letters will be sent to both you and your requested author. NO FUNDING IS CONFIRMED UNTIL THE HOST HAS RECEIVED A BOOKING CONFIRMATION FORM FROM QWF.

For more information about this program, please contact Lori Schubert [ admin AT QWF DOT org ].

QWF gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada