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Writers’ Trust increases purses for Matt Cohen and Vicky Metcalf awards

Alan Cumyn receiving the Vicky Metcalf Award at the 2016 Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony (Tom Sandler)

The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced increased prize amounts for three of its annual literary awards.

Starting this year, the Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life and the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People will offer authors $25,000, up from $20,000 last year. The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize amount was also upped in September, doubling to $50,000 for the recipient and $5,000 for each finalist.

The awards will be presented on Nov. 14 in Toronto.