2014 Call for Entry

 Call for Entry - Victoria Book Prizes

Date:        Thursday, April 10, 2014        

VICTORIA, BC – The annual Victoria Book Prizes Gala showcases the literary achievements of authors and illustrators who make Greater Victoria their home. Submissions are now being accepted for the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize.

The 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.

“Victoria is home to many talented authors and artists, who enrich our lives in so many ways,” said Mayor Dean Fortin. “The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is a great way to recognize their accomplishments and the contributions that they make to our community.”

The Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize is awarded to an author or illustrator of children’s or youth literature.
Mel Bolen of Bolen Books created the prize in 2008 to increase recognition of this literary genre.

“It’s so heartwarming to celebrate our local writers every year at the Gala,” said Michelle Wong, President of the Victoria Book Prize Society. “We are grateful to our dedicated sponsors and avid readers for making each year better than the last."

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.

Books must have been published between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2014. For applications and guidelines visit www.victoriabookprizes.ca.

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 Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  This year’s awards competition and gala are sponsored by the City of Victoria, Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies, Bolen Books, the Union Club of British Columbia, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa, CBC Radio, Island Blue Print and the Greater Victoria Public Library.

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For More Information:

Michelle Wong, President

Victoria Book Prize Society