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City of Vancouver invites submissions for 2015 Book Award

book-awards-winners-and-shortlist-2Authors and publishers of books that contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character or the achievements of its residents are invited to submit entries for the annual City of Vancouver Book Award.

The winning book can be of any genre and will demonstrate excellence in content, illustration, design, and/or format. To be eligible, books must be published in 2015 or 2014 and meet the application criteria.

All entries must include: four copies of the book, a $20 submission fee, and a completed entry form. Entry forms and guidelines are available on the City’s website at:

Submission deadline

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


The book may be:

  • Any genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama)
  • Written for adults or children
  • An exploration any aspect of the city, such as its history, geography, current affairs, or the arts
  • Written or published anywhere in the world

The book must not be:

  • Copyrighted prior to the previous year
  • A re-issue of a prior edition
  • A textbook

An independent jury will choose the winner of the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award and the $3,000 prize. The award will be presented in November by Mayor Gregor Robertson at the Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Recent past winners include:  David Stouck for Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life, Amber Dawn for How Poetry Saved my Life, W.H. New for YVR, and Michael Christie for The Beggar’s Garden.


If you have any questions about eligibility of your book or to receive a copy of the application form, please contact Marnie Rice at 604.871.6634 or