City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Each spring, authors and illustrators from Greater Victoria are invited to participate in the Victoria Book Prize Society's annual awards consisting of the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize. Finalists are announced in early September, with the annual Awards Gala taking place in mid-October.

2015 Call for Entries

The annual Victoria Book Prize Gala showcases the literary achievements of authors and illustrators who make Greater Victoria their home. The Victoria Book Prize Society is now accepting submissions for the the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize.

The Victoria Book Prize Society is a non-profit organization that establishes the policy and criteria for the two prizes, appoints the juries, and administers the competitions. Two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community are appointed by the Society to review and assess the submissions. For more information, click here.

12th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize honours members of the literary community by awarding a $5,000 prize to an author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of fiction, literary non-fiction or poetry. Founded in 2004, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies.

8th Annual Bolen Books Children's Book Prize

The $5,000 Bolen Books Children's Book Prize is awarded to an author or illustrator of children's literature. The prize was created by Mel Bolen in 2008 to provide authors and illustrators of children's and youth literature an increased opportunity for recognition.

How to Apply

The submission deadline was May 31, 2015. Guidelines and submission forms are below for the two prizes.
Literature in the appropriate genres must have been published between
April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.

 Submissions are to include the following:

  • A submission form - completed and signed.
  • FIVE copies of the book. (One copy will be part of a display at Victoria City Hall.)
  • Entry fee. $25 per entry, payable by cheque to: Victoria Book Prize Society

NOTE: Finalists will be required to provide SEVEN additional copies for promotional purposes.

Submission Deadline:  May 31, 2015

Please send submission(s) and cheque to:

The Victoria Book Prize Society
c/o Target Storage Ltd., 4 - 747 Princess Avenue
Victoria, BC V8T 1K5

Awards Gala

The awards gala will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Open to the public, the event will feature readings by the finalists, providing guests with the opportunity to meet the authors and have their books signed.


This year’s awards competition and gala are sponsored by the City of Victoria, Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies, Bolen Books, the Union Club of British Columbia, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa, CBC Radio, Island Blue Print and the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Previous Winners

Previous City of Victoria Butler Book Prize winners include:
M.A.C.(Marion) Farrant, The World Afloat, 2014
Stephen Reid, A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden, 2013
Madeline Sonik, Afflictions & Departures in 2012
Jack Hodgins, The Master of Happy Endings in 2011
Frances Backhouse, Children of the Klondike in 2010
Patrick Lane, Red Dog, Red Dog in 2009
Arleen Paré, Paper Trail in 2008
Bill Gaston, Gargoyles in 2007
Mark Zuehlke, Holding Juno in 2006
Terrence Young, After Goodlake's in 2005
Kevin Patterson, Country of Cold in 2004

Previous Bolen Books Children's Book Prize winners include: 
Daniel Loxton with Jim W.W. Smith, Pterosaur Trouble, 2014
Polly Horvath, One Year in Coal Harbour in 2013
Caitlyn Vernon, Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest in 2012
Kristi Bridgeman, Illustrator, Uirapurú (pronounced oor-a-pur-ú) in 2011
Sylvia Olsen, Counting on Hope in 2010
Penny Draper, Graveyard of the Sea in 2009
Chris Tougas, Mechanimals in 2008

Contact Us

Kate Pollock
Victoria Book Prize Society