Wellington County Writers Festival

Wellington County Library and Wellington County Museum and Archives want to celebrate writers from our community!

Local writers and writers of books relevant to Wellington County are invited to apply to the first annual Wellington County Writers' Festival. Applications will open on Monday, January 17 and will be accepted until until February 1, 2022. Participation may include opening and closing events, and one local event at a library branch.

Applications are now open!

We are now accepting applications for writers of all ages and experience levels. Please select the appropriate form below to submit your application!

Application for Published Writers

Application for Unpublished Writers

Important Dates:

Festival Opening

Saturday, April 23 at the Wellington County Museum and Archives

Festival Closing and Summer Reading Club Launch

Saturday, June 25 at the Hillsburgh Branch


FAQs for Festival Participants

Will COVID restrictions apply? Will I require valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend the festival?

The COVID restrictions will be determined in accordance with public health measures, provincial mandates, and County of Wellington policies. Closer to the date of the event, writers will be contacted by event organizers with applicable guidelines.
What is the eligibility criteria to participate as a writer in the Writer’s Festival?

All writers must reside in the County of Wellington or their books must be about or relevant to the County of Wellington.

A submission form must be completed by each writer ahead of the February 1st deadline.


Writers must be able to commit to taking part in the April 23, 2022 launch event at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, the June 25, 2022 closing event at Hillsburgh Library and at least one other event to be scheduled at a branch of the Wellington County Library.

Who qualifies as a resident of Wellington County?
Residents of Wellington County reside in the Township of Centre Wellington, Town of Erin, Township of Guelph-Eramosa, Town of Mapleton, Town of Minto, Township of Puslinch, or Town of Wellington North.
What does it mean to have work relevant to Wellington County?
The work should include local content of a significant nature relating to Wellington County people, places, or organizations. Alternatively, the work should be written by a Wellington County resident
What should I include in my bio?
Some examples may include a brief summary of your publications, a brief description of your writing journey, future projects, and information about yourself.
Do festival participants need to pay a fee?
There is no fee to participate in the Wellington County Writers’ Festival.
Can festival participants sell books at the Writer’s Festival?
Yes. If you are approved for a vendor table, you are welcome to sell books at the Writer’s Festival. You will be responsible for handling your own sales. Wi-Fi is available on-site at both the Museum and Archives and all Library branches.
As a participant, am I required to do a public reading of my work?
Participants may be asked to do a public reading of their work, but it is not required. Please be sure to indicate your interest in doing a public reading on your application form.

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