City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

2017 Victoria Book Prize Finalists Announced!

The Victoria Book Prize Society is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize.

Celebrating its 14th year, 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.

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize Finalists:

M.A.C. Farrant  (poetry) – The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice (Talonbooks)
Kevin Patterson (fiction) – News from the Red Desert (Random House Canada)
Steven Price (fiction) – By Gaslight (McClelland & Stewart)
Yasuko Thanh (fiction) – Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains (Hamish Hamilton)
Patricia Young (poetry) – Short Takes on the Apocalypse (Biblioasis)

Marking its 10th year, 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.

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize finalists: 

Kari Jones (ages 12+) – At the Edge of the World (Orca Book Publishers)
Margriet Ruurs (picture book) – Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey (Orca Book Publishers)
Robin Stevenson (ages 9-13) – Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (Orca Book Publishers)

Two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community adjudicated the entries for literary merit. Thank you to everyone who applied.  

Awards Gala - Get Your Tickets!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Union Club of British Columbia, 805 Gordon Street

The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) at the Union Club of British Columbia at 805 Gordon Street. Take the opportunity to meet the finalists and get your books signed. Books will be available for sale at the event.

Tickets are $20 and are available now at Bolen Books, Munro’s Books, Ivy’s Bookshop, Tanner’s Books, and the Victoria Book Prize Society at 250.589.8430 or at www.victoriabookprizes.ca.

About the 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.

How to Apply

The submission deadline was Friday, May 12, 2017. Guidelines and submission forms are below for the two prizes.
 
Literature in the appropriate genres must have been published between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

 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 12, 2017


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

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, Friesens Corporation and CBC Radio.

Previous Winners

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize winners include:
Pauline Holdstock, The Hunter and the Wild Girl, 2016
Julie Paul, The Pull of the Moon, 2015
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

Bolen Books Children's Book Prize winners include: 
Dawn Green, In the Swish, 2016
Chris Tougas, Dojo Daycare, 2015
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

Vanessa Herman
President
Victoria Book Prize Society
250.888.6090
victoriabookprizes@shaw.ca