The Griffin Award


The Griffin Award recognizes contributions to Canadian society through the craft of writing.


The specific criteria for this award are as follows. The nominee is:

  • The author of or contributor to a short work of literature, fiction or non-fiction, that furthers Canadian humanitarian goals; or,
  • A person who brings the joy and opportunity of writing to a disadvantaged group; or,
  • The author of writing that heightens the awareness of an oppressed or disadvantaged group; or,
  • The author of writing that celebrates the multi-cultural nature of Canada.

How to Nominate

  • The person chosen to receive the award must be nominated by someone other than himself/herself.
  • Nominations should be submitted in writing and contain the following information: Nominator's name, address, telephone number and a short explanation of the nominator's relationship to the nominee.
  • An approximately five hundred word submission, outlining how the nominee meets the criteria.
  • If applicable in terms of the criteria, a copy or sample of the nominee’s work. (Note: this cannot be returned.)

There is no entry fee.


Winners will be selected solely by the Surrey International Writers' Conference Society.

Presentation of Awards

The presentation ceremony will take place at the next Surrey International Writers’ Conference. The winner will be contacted in advance. The winner will receive an engraved plaque at the Conference and be the subject of a press release by the SiWC Society.


Mail nominations/recommendations to

SIWC Griffin Award
Surrey International Writers' Conference
Suite # 544
151 - 10090 152nd Street
Surrey, BC V3R 8X8

E-mail: Griffin Award nominations may also be sent to