Call for Entries to 2021 Victoria Book Prizes

VICTORIA, BC – Submissions are now being accepted for the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the $5,000 City of Victoria Children’s 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.

The City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize is awarded to an author or illustrator of literature for children or youth. It was established in 2008 by the late Mel Bolen and has been sponsored by the City of Victoria since 2020.

“The annual Victoria Book Prizes celebrate the very best of our literary talent, putting a spotlight on the passion and creativity of our local authors. I encourage anyone looking for extra activities while staying close to home to seek out work from a local author from a local bookstore,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “I am looking forward to another year of brilliant submissions!”

Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Victoria Book Prize Society is accepting submission of books that missed the call for the 2020 prize. For the 2021 prize, books submitted must have been published between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2021, must not have been submitted in 2020, and must be a new work, not a reissue or a revision of a previous work. Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 21, 2021.

“Last year was a difficult one, full of many changes for everyone. The Victoria Book Prizes were no different, as we had to quickly adapt to an ever-changing world with social distancing and other restrictions,” said Darrell Joyce, president of the Victoria Book Prize Society. “Fortunately, we were able to work with our friends at the Victoria Festival of Authors (VFA) to put on our first-ever virtual gala, which was a huge success thanks to our Board, the VFA, and the generous support of our major sponsors, including Brian Butler and the City of Victoria. We look forward with anticipation to planning this year's gala, in whatever form it takes.”

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.

The Victoria Book Prize Society would like to thank and acknowledge the following organizations for their support: the 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.

For more information, including submission forms and guidelines, visit