The following criteria must be met for books to be deemed eligible for the Victoria Book Prizes:
- The contributor (author/illustrator) must be a resident of the Capital Region* and have resided in the area for a minimum of two years immediately prior to publication. Please fill in the date of residency for the contributor on the submission form.
- The book will be considered if either the author or illustrator meets the residency requirements. Where a book is co-authored or co-illustrated, both contributors must meet the residency requirements.
- The author/illustrator must be either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. Books whose author/illustrator is deceased at the time of publication are not eligible.
- Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
- For the 2019 prize, the book submitted must have been published between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020, and must be a new work, not a reissue or a revision of a previous work.
- The work being submitted must:
- Be aimed at a readership of children or youth.
- Contain no fewer than 24 pages.
- Have an ISBN and be professionally published.
- Please note: the prize is for literary excellence, and therefore only books deemed outstanding in this regard should be submitted.
- The following works are not eligible: bibliographies, cookbooks, travel guides, exhibition catalogues, instruction manuals, self-help books, scholarly books, textbooks, reference books, chapbooks and any self-published, co-operatively published or corporately published books.
- The following types of books are deemed NOT eligible:
- Multi-authored collections, anthologies and conference proceedings.
- Books written by a ghostwriter.
- English translations of books originally written in other languages.
- Reprints of books published in previous award years.
- Self-published books or books published through self-publishing services. Please see definition of self-publishing below.
- Books in which a significant portion of the manuscript is interview transcripts, quoted material, material not written by the author, or material that has previously been published in book form.
* The Capital Region stretches from Port Renfrew, Sooke, and Metchosin in the southwest to Galiano, Mayne and Saturna Islands in the northeast. It includes the municipalities of Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt, Central Saanich, North Saanich, Langford, Sooke, Oak Bay, Sidney, View Royal, Colwood, Highlands, and Metchosin; Salt Spring Island; North and South Pender Island; Galiano Island; Mayne Island; Saturna Island; and the electoral areas of Juan de Fuca, Southern Gulf Islands, and Salt Spring Island. See a map of the Capital Region.