City of Victoria Butler Book Prize
Congratulations to the 2019 Victoria Book Prize Winners!
On October 9, 2019, at the 16th annual Victoria Book Prize Gala, Mayor Lisa Helps and co-sponsor Brian Butler presented Kathy Page with the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and Alyssa Polinsky President of the Victoria Book Prize Society presented Aidan Cassie with the $5,000 Victoria Children’s Book Prize.
City of Victoria Butler Book Prize Finalists
- Robert Amos (non-fiction)
E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island (TouchWood Editions)
- Lorna Crozier (poetry)
God of Shadows (McClelland & Stewart)
- Esi Edugyan (fiction)
Washington Black (Patrick Crean Editions)
- Darrel J. McLeod (biography)
Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre)
- Kathy Page (fiction)
Dear Evelyn (Biblioasis)
Victoria Children's Book Prize
Marking its 12th year, the $5,000 Victoria Children’s Book Prize is awarded to a Greater Victoria author or illustrator for the best children’s book published in the preceding year. The three finalists were:
- Aidan Cassie - Sterling, Best Dog Ever (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Jenny Manzer - My Life as a Diamond (Orca Book Publishers)
- Kit Pearson & Katherine Farris - The Magic Boat (Orca Book Publishers)
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 local literary arts community are appointed by the Society to review and assess the submissions. For more information, click here.
How to Apply
- City of Victoria Butler Book Prize - Submission Form [PDF - 102 KB]
- City of Victoria Butler Book Prize - Guidelines [PDF - 130 KB]
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 were required to provide SEVEN additional copies for promotional purposes.
The Victoria Book Prize Society
c/o Jeff Moore
207 Beach Drive
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. This year marks a change for the children’s book prize. The prize is awarded to an author or illustrator of children’s or youth literature and was established in 2008 by the late Mel Bolen of Bolen Books. In 2019, the prize will be awarded as the Victoria Children’s Book Prize, while the Society secures a new sponsor for the award in 2020.
The Victoria Book Prize Society would like to thank and acknowledge the following organizations for their support: City of Victoria, Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies, the Union Club of British Columbia, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa, Chateau Victoria, the Inn at Laurel Point, Friesens Corporation, CBC Radio, Island Blue Print Co. and the Greater Victoria Public Library.
Madeline Sonik, Afflictions & Departures in 2012
Victoria Book Prize Society