How to Enter

Publishers and authors may submit books that fit the prizes/awards categories as posted on the BC and Yukon Book Prizes website. Books  must  meet all of the general criteria for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes, and all  the eligibility criteria for each individual prize. There are seven prize categories and one award 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.

Five copies of the book must be provided for each title and category entered. No copies of books are to be provided for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, which is decided by ballot (see sidebar).

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.

Entry for 2021 (books publisher in 2020) closed on December 1, 2020. Thank you for your interest and check back in July for the 2022 submission form.

Fill in the form online and print out the entry confirmation. The entry confirmation  must  be mailed to the BC and Yukon Book Prizes office along with 5 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 Yukon Book Prizes or cash.

Send entries/nominations to:

BC and Yukon Book Prizes Submissions
1628 W 75th Ave (2nd Floor)
Vancouver, BC
V6P 6G2

Please feel free to contact Executive Director, Sean Cranbury via email with any questions.

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 $3,000 plus a certificate.

The prize winners are announced at the BC ad Yukon Book Prizes Gala. The Gala is held annually in the late summer (September).