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.
2014 Victoria Book Prizes
In its 11th year, the annual Victoria Book Prize Gala showcases the literary achievements of authors and illustrators who make Greater Victoria their home. Submissions were accepted until May 31, 2014 by the Victoria Book Prize Society for the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize.
Congratulations to the 2014 Victoria Book Prize Winners!
Two Greater Victoria authors were recognized for their literary achievements at the 2014 Victoria Book Prize Awards Gala.
M.A.C.(Marion) Farrant, author of The World Afloat, published by Talonbooks, was named the winner of the 11th annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Mayor Dean Fortin and event sponsor Brian H. Butler presented Farrant with the $5,000 prize for her award-winning fiction book.
Daniel Loxton, with Jim W.W. Smith, was named the winner of the 7th annual Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize for Pterosaur Trouble, published by Kids Can Press. Samantha Holmes of Bolen Books presented the $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize to Loxton for the award-winning book for children ages four to seven.
Congratulations to the finalists for the 2014 Victoria Book Prizes!
City of Victoria Butler Book Prize Finalists
The $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. The five finalists were:
Dede Crane Every Happy Family (fiction) Coteau Books
M.A.C. Farrant The World Afloat (fiction) Talonbooks
Catherine Greenwood The Lost Letters (poetry) Brick Books
Michael Layland The Land of Hearts Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island (non-fiction) TouchWood Editions
Audrey Thomas Local Customs (fiction) Dundurn Press
Bolen Books Children's Book Prize Finalists
The $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize is awarded to an author or illustrator for the best children’s book published in the preceding year. This year’s three finalists were:
Sarah Cassidy Skylark (ages 12+) Orca Book Publishers
Daniel Loxton with Jim W.W. Smith Pterosaur Trouble (ages 4 - 7) Kids Can Press
Ann Walsh Whatever (ages 12+) Ronsdale Press
Note: Due to unforseen circumstances, one of the previously announced finalists has been withdrawn. The new shortlist is noted above.
Two independent juries comprised of representatives of the literary arts community were appointed by the Victoria Book Prize Society to review and assess 26 adult and 15 children’s entries based on their literary merit. The Society establishes the policy and criteria for the prizes, appoints the juries and administers the competitions.
The winners were announced at a gala event held at the Union Club of British Columbia on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Open to the public, the event featured readings by the finalists and provided guests with the opportunity to meet the authors and have their books signed.
This year’s awards competition and gala were 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, Chateau Victoria, CBC Radio, Island Blue Print and the Greater Victoria Public Library.
Victoria Book Prize Society
11th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
7th Annual Bolen Books Children's Book Prize
How to Apply
Submissions were 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: The Victoria Book Prize Society
NOTE: Finalists are required to provide SEVEN additional copies for promotional purposes.
Please send submission(s) and cheque to:
The Victoria Book Prize Society
c/o Target Storage Ltd., 13 - 747 Princess Avenue
Victoria, BC V8T 1K5
Stephen Reid, A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden, 2013
Madeline Sonik, Afflictions & Departures in 2012
Previous Bolen Books Children's Book Prize winners include:
Victoria Book Prize Society