Call for Entries to 2018 Victoria Book Prizes

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Victoria Book Prizes that consist of the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. Celebrating its 15th year in 2018, the Victoria Book Prize Society’s annual fall awards gala showcases the literary achievements of authors and illustrators who make Greater Victoria their home.

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

The $5,000 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 fiction, literary non-fiction or poetry. Established in 2004, the prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies.

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 or youth literature. In 2008, Mel Bolen of Bolen Books created the prize to increase recognition of this literary genre.

How to Apply

Books must have been published between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Deadline for Submissions: May 22, 2018.

For submission forms and guidelines visit: or here.


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.

The City of Victoria, Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies, Bolen Books, the Union Club of British Columbia, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa, Friesens Corporation, CBC Radio, Island Blue Print and the Greater Victoria Public Library are sponsoring this year’s competition and awards gala.