City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

2015 Victoria Book Prizes

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. The annual Victoria Book Prize Awards Gala showcases the literary achievements of these authors and illustrators.

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.

Julie Paul and Chris Tougas Win 2015 Victoria Book Prizes!

On October 14, two Greater Victoria authors were recognized for their literary talent at the 2015 Victoria Book Prize Awards Gala. Julie Paul was named the winner of the 12th annual City of Victoria Butler Prize for her short story collection The Pull of the Moon, published by Brindle and Glass. Writer /illustrator Chris Tougas was named the winner of the 8th annual Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize for Dojo Daycare, published by Owl Kids.

Acting Mayor Chris Coleman and event sponsor Brian Butler presented Julie Paul with the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for her award-winning fiction book. (Right: Brian Butler, Julie Paul, and Acting Mayor Chris Coleman.)

Samantha Holmes from Bolen Books, with friend and young avid reader Katie Manga, presented Chris Tougas with the $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize for the award-winning book for children ages three to seven. (Below left: Katie Manga, Samantha Holmes and Chris Tougas strike a celebratory "Ninja pose".)

The Pull of the Moon is a collection of 12 unsettling short stories in which Paul explores the relationships between friends, family, and lovers and examines what happens when secrets are kept and then revealed. With controlled, understated poise, Paul shows us how secrets act to distill what each of us wants most – attention, connection, and belonging. The Globe and Mail listed The Pull of the Moon as a Top 100 Book of 2014.

Julie Paul wears several hats: writer, massage therapist, and teacher. Her stories, poems, and essays have been accepted for publication in numerous journals, including the Danforth Review, the Malahat Review, the Dalhousie Review, Qwerty, Geist, Vallum, Boulevard,and Canadian Living. Paul’s collection of stories The Jealousy Bone was released in February 2008.

Dojo Daycare starts one morning when six young ninjas are dropped off at their daycare. As soon as their ninja moms and ninja dads leave: KABOOM! KAPOW! The ninja boys and girls push and pull, bust and break, and generally turn the place upside down in a full-blown ninja riot. No one heeds the master’s repeated mantra of honor, kindness, and respect – until one little ninja steps up and rallies his ninja pals to undo all the damage that they have done, just in time for pick-up.



Chris Tougas is the first person to win the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize twice, having won the inaugural prize in 2008 for Mechanimals. His other books include Art's Supplies and the Wacky Farm board book series.  Tougas has worked as a character designer and concept developer for studios such as Disney, Fox, The Jim Henson Company, Warner Brothers, Sesame Workshop, and many others.

The awards gala was held at the Union Club of British Columbia and was emceed by Robyn Burns, host of CBC’s All Points West. Victoria’s Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer opened the evening with readings from her recent works. 

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.

2015 Victoria Book Prize Finalists

The Victoria Book Prize Society is pleased to announced the 2015 finalists for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize.


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 are:

Grant Buday - The Delusionist, fiction (Anvil Press)
Karen Enns - Ordinary Hours, poetry (Brick Books)
Arleen Paré - Lake of Two Mountains, poetry (Brick Books)
Julie Paul - The Pull of the Moon, fiction (Brindle & Glass Publishing)
Nancy Turner - Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge, non-fiction (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

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. The three finalists are:

Penny Chamberlain: Shack Island Summer, ages 8 - 12 (Sono Nis Press)
Laura Langston: The Art of Getting Stared At, ages13 - 17 (Razorbill Canada)
Chris Tougas: Dojo Daycare, ages 5 - 7 (Owlkids Books)

Two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community reviewed the entries for literary merit.

Sponsors

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. The Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize was founded in 2008. Additional sponsors include the Union Club of British Columbia, Greater Victoria Public Library, Island Blue Print, Magnolia Hotel and Spa, Hotel Grand Pacific, Chateau Victoria and CBC Radio.

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 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: Victoria Book Prize Society

NOTE: Finalists are 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

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
President
Victoria Book Prize Society
250.896.8123
victoriabookprizes@shaw.ca