CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts) is an inclusive national literary organization for people who share feminist values and see the importance of gender equity in Canadian literary culture.

CWILA The Numbers

The 2015 CWILA Count reveals that gender equity is closer than ever in Canadian review culture, though barriers remain for women authors. The choices editors and reviewers make matter deeply, not only to the public reception of individual authors and books, but also to the quality and tone of our national conversations on the arts.

2015 CWILA Count Methods and Results

By Vesna Pajovic & Kristina Vyskocil

See The Numbers

Meet The CWILA Board

We're very proud to introduce the CWILA Board.

Kirsty Bell

Libe García-Zarranz

Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand

Leigh Nash

Judith Scholes

Jacqueline Valencia

Shannon Webb-Campbell

Erin Wunker

CWILA strives to promote and foster equity and equality of representation in the Canadian literary community by:

  1. tracking statistics on gender representation in reviewing;
  2. bringing relevant issues of gender, race, class and sexuality into our national literary conversation;
  3. and creating a network supportive of the active careers of female writers, academics/critics, publishers and editors.

Call For Submissions

CWILA calls for essays on any topic relating to literary arts by female, transgender, or genderqueer Canadian writers, and welcomes pitches for interviews with artists and professionals across the full spectrum of literary arts, production, and reception in Canada.


Join CWILA and receive a quarterly newsletter, promotion on the CWILA website and access to the CWILA listserv which connects feminist writers, editors, publishers and critics from across Canada.