Call for Entries to 2020 Victoria Book Prizes

Call for Entries to the 2020 Victoria Book Prizes

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Victoria Book Prizes, which consist of the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the $5,000 City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize.

The Victoria Book Prize Society’s annual awards gala showcases the literary achievements of authors and illustrators who make Greater Victoria their home.

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is awarded to a local author for the best book of fiction, literary non-fiction or poetry published in the preceding year. Established in 2004, this prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies.

City of Victoria Children's Book Prize

New for 2020, the Children’s Book Prize has been rebranded as the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize. In fall 2019, Council approved a motion to provide an annual $5,000 grant to the Victoria Book Prize Society for the Children’s Book Prize to recognize and celebrate exceptional children’s and youth literature in our community. This funding is in addition to the $5,000 prize for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. The prize was established in 2008 by the late Mel Bolen of Bolen Books.

Timelines

Books must have been published between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

The DEADLINE for submissions is May 22, 2020.

Awards Gala

Shortlisted nominees for both prizes will be announced in September, and authors will be showcased at a gala held at the Union Club of British Columbia on ThursdayOctober 8, 2020.

About the Victoria Book Prize Society

The Victoria Book Prize Society is a volunteer-run organization that establishes the policy and criteria for the prizes, appoints the juries and administers the competitions. Two independent juries composed of representatives from the literary arts community review and assess the submissions.


Learn more and apply.