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April 29, 2017
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About BC Book Prizes

Thank you for Donating

Thank you for donating to The West Coast Book Prize Society. We appreciate your support and hope to continue our activities for many years to come.

The West Coast Book Prize Society, a not-for-profit organization and registered Canadian charity, has administered the BC Book Prizes since its inception in 1985. Our primary goal is to spread the word about the achievements in the BC publishing industry and to promote it to British Columbians and beyond. Through this we hope to encourage growth in the sector, promote literature and literacy, and enrich the culture environment in BC.

BC Book Prize Seals

AVAILABLE NOW.

Embossed silver and gold foil seals are available for sale from the BC Book Prize office. They cost $0.25 each.

Call or email us for yours today:
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How to Enter

Publishers and authors may submit books that fit the prizes/awards categories as posted on the BC Book Prizes website – www.bcbookprizes.ca. Books must meet all of the general criteria for the BC Book Prizes, and all the eligibility criteria for each individual prize. There are six prize categories and two awards given out each year. See Prize and Award Categories for details.

To be eligible entry forms and fees must be received by, or postmarked, not later than December 1. ($30 per book, per prize category entered)

The Official Entry Forms will be available beginning July 15 each year, until the closing date for entries which is December 1. Books must have been published during that same calendar year between January 1 and December 31, for the six prize categories and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

Three copies of the book must be provided for the jury for each prize category entered. Books published by November 15 must be received in our office by December 1. No exceptions will be made.

Books published between November 15 and December 31 must request a late submission of books option, in writing, on the Official Entry Form and indicate when the books will be available. The Entry Form and fee must still be received by the December 1 deadline.

The Official Entry Form is available on the website. Fill in the form online and print out the entry confirmation. The entry confirmation must be mailed to the BC Book Prizes office along with 3 copies of the book and the $30 entry fee for each prize category entered. Payment only by cheque or money order made payable to BC Book Prizes or cash.

Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence
Publishers and members of the writing and publishing community are invited to submit nominations for the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. The next deadline for nominations is Tuesday, January 31, 2017. There is no fee to submit a nomination.

Send entries/nominations to:
West Coast Book Prize Society
901 – 207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7

Judging and Prize information
For each of the six prize categories there is a jury of three industry professionals, and from their individually submitted ballots, five finalists including the winner are selected in each prize category.

For the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award there is a ballot vote by BC Booksellers and from those ballots, five finalists including the winner are selected.

The finalists for these six prizes and award are announced in mid-March and are celebrated at the annual Soirée evening held in Vancouver at the launch of the BC Book Prizes On Tour, usually in early April. A few of the finalist authors/illustrators are selected to participate on the tour.

The winners of these six prizes and award receive a cash prize of $2,000 plus a certificate.

For the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence a jury of three industry professionals review all of the nominations received and collectively select a recipient whom they recommend to the Lieutenant Governor for final approval.

The recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence is announced prior to the Gala. The recipient receives a cash prize of $5,000 plus a framed certificate.

At the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala the prize winners are announced and the Lieutenant Governor presents his/her Award. The Gala is held annually in the spring (late April, early May). Every third year the Gala is held at Government House in Victoria and for the two in between years the Gala is held in Vancouver.

Related Pages:

» About the Awards and Submission Criteria
» About the Lieutenant Governor’s Award
» Submit Your Book
» See the Previous Winners & Finalists

Adopt-a-Library Program

Each year, the BC Book Prizes sends several finalist authors on tour around the province. As part of BC Book Prizes On Tour, these authors tour communities visiting one elementary school and one high school in each community, as well reading at a public event in a local bookstore or library (with book sales).

07 BC Book Prizes On Tour: Smithers
Margaret Olmstead of Bulckley Valley Credit Union with Teacher Librarian, Teresa Monkman of Smithers Secondary School, and Bryan Pike. (Smithers, 2007)

In its fledgling year (2007), the Adopt-a-Library program confirmed six sponsors supporting eight schools for a total of $4,000. To date, we have raised a combined total of $60,000 worth of books for schools in communities across BC.

With this contribution, elementary and secondary schools across BC are exposed to the best of literary arts within their own province. This is a great opportunity to provide a valuable resource and source of inspiration for a young and growing generation of the province’s youth.

Mike Berg from Columbia Basin Trust with Donation to Redfish Elm in Nelson
Mike Berg from Columbia Basin Trust with Donation to Redfish Elm (Nelson, 2008)

As a School Sponsor ($500 per school) of the Adopt-A-Library program you would be recognized in the following ways:

Thanks to all for helping to bring the best of BC writing and publishing to the next generation of readers and authors.

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Previous Winners

Find out who the winners and finalists were for previous prize years.


Attention Publishers: Purchase BC Book Prize seals for your nominated and winning titles.

Categories and Criteria

General Criteria

See How to Enter for more details.

Expectations of finalists and winners

By submitting your title for a BC Book Prize, you are agreeing to these terms.

Board Members

PRESIDENT

Vi Hughes (B.A., M.Ed.) is a former Vancouver elementary school principal, sessional instructor in reading at UBC, and Faculty Associate in Education at SFU. She has written several children’s books and is Past President of CWILL BC Society. She advocates for initiatives that support early literacy development.

VICE-PRESIDENT

Kathryn Shoemaker (Ph.D.) is the illustrator/author of over forty children’s books and an adjunct professor at UBC. She was President of The Endeavour Society and The Canadian Mental Health Association, served on a range of non-profit boards including The Vancouver Writers Festival, and is the co-chair of the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable.

SECRETARY

Michael Hayward (B.Sc., M.Pub.) has worked in IT Services for the University of British Columbia and for Simon Fraser University. He was one of the first graduates in SFU’s Master of Publishing program, and is also a Contributing Editor at Geist magazine.

TREASURER

Grant T. Smith has been a CPA for 15 years and is currently a Partner at Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants. He focuses mainly on building plans and implementing strategies for his clients so they can focus on things that matter most to them.  However, before his CPA years, Grant earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University and worked as a production manager revitalizing theatre through-out Alberta and Ontario.

AT LARGE

Digby R. Leigh is a 32 year call lawyer whose firm (Digby Leigh & Company) is situated in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver. His practice is focused around helping people in business, a passion he extends to his work with the Young Entrepreneurs Symposium. Digby previously spent 10 years serving as the VP of Canada Basketball and currently sits on the board of the Thunderbird Football Association.

Editor-writer Frances Peck (MA, CPE Hon.) is a partner in the BC firm West Coast Editorial Associates. A long-time member and volunteer with Editors Canada, she teaches editing at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College and gives workshops across Canada. She’s a co-author of the HyperGrammar website and author of Peck’s English Pointers.

Rob Taylor is the author of the poetry collection The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011) and four poetry chapbooks. He is the co-founder of One Ghana, One Voice, Ghana’s first poetry magazine, and one of the coordinators of Vancouver’s Dead Poets Reading Series. Find him online at roblucastaylor.com.

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The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers.

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West Coast Book Prize Society
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Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
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The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers.

The Prizes are administered and awarded by members of a non-profit society who represent all facets of the publishing and writing community. (About the Society ...)


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Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
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Media Release:
March 6, 2008 Finalist Announcement
March 19, 2008 Lieutenant Governor’s Award Announcement

Privacy

BC Book Prizes does not sell, rent or distribute to third parties any personal data collected from our web site or mailing lists.

BC Book Prizes has developed this site as an electronic resources with information about the Prizes and Society. We are committed to providing visitors to the site an experience that respects their privacy. This page summarizes the privacy policy and practices of our web site. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time.

We do not collect personal information that identifies individuals (such as your name, phone number, address, or e-mail address) unless you supply it voluntarily, usually through contacting us via e-mail, fax, regular mail, telephone, or registering in a portion of the web site.

Personal information voluntarily provided by you via our web site will be used only for the purpose for which it was provided (for example, to subscribe to our email newsletter, submission to a prize), or to which you otherwise consent, will be kept strictly confidential, and is not disclosed to anyone outside of BC Book Prizes.

In some instances, we may use outside parties to administer online activities on our behalf, such as event registration services. This may involve the collection of personal information. In such cases, we ensure that the manner in which any outside party collects, uses and retains personal information conforms to our privacy policy.

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Get Involved

The BC Book Prizes invites you to support and help celebrate the best of BC writing and publishing:

Be a Sponsor

For details about any of the above sponsorship opportunities or to have a pdf of our sponsorship booklet sent to you, contact Bryan Pike at 604-687-2403 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Become a Member

You can become a member of the West Coast Book Prize Society at any time of year. Just mail in a cheque for $20.00 along with your filled in Membership Form. Members are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting, are added to our email alerts list, and receive Gala tickets at a discounted price.

Make a Donation

We welcome monetary donations of all sizes year-round. Just mail in your donation with your completed Donation Form or pay by credit card through Chimp by clicking on the “Donate” button in the left-hand column of our website. We also welcome in-kind donations. From electronic equipment to courier services to gift certificates for our silent auction, if you have something to share with us, we’d love to hear from you.

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Before, during, behind-the-scenes or out-in-front, we can use your help! Call us if any of the following look like something you’d like to do:

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The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. The Prizes are administered and awarded by members of the West Coast Book Prize Society, a non-profit society that represents all facets of the publishing and writing community.

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About BC Book Prizes

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers.

The seven Prizes are presented annually at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in the spring, as well as a presentation to the winner of The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

The Prizes are administered and awarded by members of a non-profit society who represent all facets of the publishing and writing community.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our many sponsors and supporters.

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Logo motif from “Eagle Full Circle” by Roy Henry Vickers.

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Entry form will be available July 15 for the next round of submissions for the BC Book Prizes

» Submission Information
» Awards Criteria
» Entry Form (available July 15)
» Lieutenant Governor’s Award

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

Ethel WilsonAwarded to the author(s) of the best original work of literary fiction.

Supported by Friesens






Eligibility Criteria in addition to General Criteria

  • The author(s) must have lived in B.C./Yukon for the past 12 months or have lived in B.C./Yukon for at least three of the past five years.
  • The book may have been published anywhere.
  • No Anthologies.

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Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

Hubert EvansAwarded to the author(s) of the best original work of literary non-fiction.
Topics such as philosophy, politics, biography, history, belles lettres, etc.
Quality of research and writing along with insight and originality are major considerations in the judging of this prize.

Supported by the BC Teachers’ Federation


Eligibility Criteria in addition to General Criteria

  • The author(s) must have lived in B.C./Yukon for the past 12 months or have lived in B.C./Yukon for at least three of the past five years.
  • The book may have been published anywhere.
  • Reprints, revised editions, guide books, cookbooks, and how-to books will not be considered for this prize.

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Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

Dorothy LivesayAwarded to the author(s) of the best work of poetry.

Supported by Anonymous






Eligibility Criteria in addition to General Criteria

  • The author(s) must have lived in B.C./Yukon for the past 12 months or have lived in B.C./Yukon for at least three of the past five years.
  • The book may have been published anywhere.
  • A substantial portion of the content must be new work.
  • No anthologies or “best of” collections.

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Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

Roderick Haig-BrownAwarded to the author(s) of the book which contributes the most to the enjoyment and understanding of the province of British Columbia.
The book must be original and may deal with any aspect of the province (people, history, geography, oceanography, etc.).

Supported by Marquis, Victoria Bindery, and First Choice Books


Eligibility Criteria in addition to General Criteria

  • The author(s) may reside outside of B.C./Yukon.
  • The book may have been published anywhere.
  • Reprints, revised editions, guide books, cookbooks, and how-to books will not be considered for this prize.

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Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

Sheila EgoffAwarded to the author(s) of novels, including chapter books, and non-fiction books, including biography, aimed at juveniles and young adults, which have not been highly illustrated.

Supported by artsVest and Eponymous




Eligibility Criteria in addition to General Criteria

  • The author(s) must have lived in B.C./Yukon for the past 12 months or have lived in B.C./Yukon for at least three of the past five years.
  • The book may have been published anywhere.

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Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

Christie HarrisAwarded to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of picture books, picture story books, and illustrated non-fiction books for children.
The prize is shared by the author(s) and illustrator(s).

Supported by Kate Walker and Vancouver Kidsbooks




Eligibility Criteria in addition to General Criteria

  • The author(s) must have lived in B.C./Yukon for the past 12 months or have lived in B.C./Yukon for at least three of the past five years.
  • The book may have been published anywhere.

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Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

gh_crestEstablished in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the Province. This award has a separate nomination form and submission deadline. There is no fee to submit a nomination.


Supported by The Honourable Lieutenant Governor of BC


Criteria

The recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will be recognized as having:

  • written a substantial body of literary work throughout their career; and
  • contributed significantly to the literary community/industry of the Province of British Columbia.

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Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award

Bill DuthiePresented to the originating publisher(s) and the author(s) of the book that is the most successful in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content.
The prize is shared by the publisher(s) and the author(s).
B.C./Yukon booksellers determine the winner by ballot vote.

Supported by the BC Booksellers’ Association, Bookmanager, Mosaic Books, and Sandhill Book Marketing


Eligibility Criteria in addition to General Criteria

  • The publisher must have its head office in B.C./Yukon.
  • The creative control in terms of editing, design and production must have been within B.C./Yukon.

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