The Festival of Literary Diversity includes over 30 authors and presenters and attracts more than 500 people to downtown Brampton to celebrate diverse, Canadian authors, poets, and storytellers. We are passionate about celebrating established and emerging writers while creating new and exciting opportunities for aspiring writers and marginalized voices.



NEW! The third annual Festival of Literary Diversity brings a new event, sponsored by Penguin Random House. PITCH PERFECT will give writers with completed manuscripts the chance to sit down one-on-one with an editor or agent who will review a query letter and the first 10 pages of their manuscript. This is a rare opportunity to get an insiders perspective on the status of the manuscript, including suggestions about what to do next. Manuscripts will be submitted in advance and editors will review the query letter and the manuscript at the festival. A limited number of Skype pitches will also be made available for those who are not able to attend the festival. Registration for Pitch Perfect is now open–click here to find out more information.



The FOLD puts out a forty-page program that is distributed to FOLD attendees and industry professionals year-round and appears on the web long after the festival is over. The festival program highlights voices from across the country.

We are looking for blogs, articles, and nonfiction work written in the last year that present a diverse lens on a particular topic and/or  address diversity in the publishing industry. We are looking to present a diverse range of stories that reflect variations in geography, ethnicity, race, culture, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and religion. Writers whose work is selected for the FOLD 2018 program will receive a small honorarium: $100 for new/unpublished pieces and $50 for pieces that have appeared in other publications.

Submissions for the 2018 FOLD Program are now open. The deadline for submissions is March 15. If you’ve got words for us, submit them today!