Call for Entries to Annual Victoria Book Prize Awards Closes May 31

The annual Victoria Book Prize Awards provides an opportunity to showcase the literary achievements of authors and illustrators who make Greater Victoria their home. The Victoria Book Prize Society is now accepting submissions for the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the $5,000 Bolen Books Children's Book Prize.

In its 10th year, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is awarded to a local author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of poetry, non-fiction and fiction. Established in 2004, the prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies.

In its sixth year, the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize is awarded to an author or illustrator of children's or youth literature. Mel Bolen of Bolen Books created the prize in 2008 to increase recognition of this literary genre.

Books must have been published between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013.

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2013.

Shortlisted nominees for both prizes will be announced in early September and authors will be showcased at a public reading and reception held at the Union Club of British Columbia on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

The Victoria Book Prize Society establishes the policy and criteria for the prizes, appoints the juries and administers the competitions. Two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community review and assess the submissions.

For applications and guidelines, click here.