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.

2014 Finalists

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 are:

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 are:

Penny Draper                                      Day of the Cyclone (ages 8 - 12) Coteau Books          
Daniel Loxton with Jim W.W. Smith    Pterosaur Trouble (ages 4 - 7) Kids Can Press          
Ann Walsh                                           Whatever (ages 12+) Ronsdale Press

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.

Awards Gala

The winners will be announced at a gala event to be held at the Union Club of British Columbia on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Open to the public, the event will feature readings by the finalists and will provide guests with the opportunity to meet the authors and have their books signed.

Tickets are $20 and are available now at Bolen Books (Hillside Mall), Ivy’s Bookshop (2188 Oak Bay Avenue), Munro’s Books (1108 Government Street) and from the Victoria Book Prize Society by calling 250.595.8430.

Sponsors

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, Chateau Victoria, CBC Radio, Island Blue Print and the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Victoria Book Prize Society

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.

11th 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.

7th 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

Submissions to the Victoria Book Prize Society closed on May 31, 2014.  Literature in the appropriate genres must have been published between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.


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.

Submission Deadline:  May 31, 2014. Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied.
 

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

Previous Winners

Previous City of Victoria Butler Book Prize winners include:
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: 
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

Michelle Wong
President
Victoria Book Prize Society
250.888.9219
victoriabookprizes@shaw.ca