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#901-207 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
Tel (604) 687-2405
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About BC Book Prizes

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 Wednesday, January 31, 2018. 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

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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