On hiatus

Literary Awards focus on innovation and improvement

The PEI Writers’ Guild (PEIWG) has decided to pause the Island Literary Awards (ILAs) this year in order to embark on a journey of innovation and improvement. 

This hiatus is meant to allow the Guild time to focus on three key pillars to enhance the Island Literary Awards and, in turn, the Island’s literary community. The three pillars are: to create a more exciting and celebratory Island Literary Awards that not only honours the outstanding achievements of its writers but also captivates and inspires all who participate; to work towards a more sustainable sponsorship model, ensuring the longevity and prosperity of the ILA tradition, and enhancing the involvement of their sponsors while contributing to the enduring success of the Awards; and to create a more wide-reaching Island Literary Awards that are more inclusive and accessible than ever, reaching a broader audience and fostering a sense of community across PEI.

The Island Literary Awards play a vital role in PEI’s writing community: they encourage emerging writers; provide credentials for those climbing the literary ladder; and raise the profile of established authors. This brief interlude is a strategic step toward ensuring the ILAs continue to fulfill these essential functions in an ever-evolving literary landscape.

The PEIWG will share the fruits of this endeavour in 2025, when they return with a renewed sense of purpose and a celebration befitting the literary excellence that defines the Island Literary Awards.