Call for Entry - Victoria Book Prizes

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

VICTORIA, BC – Authors and illustrators from Greater Victoria are invited to participate in the Victoria Book Prize Society’s two annual awards: The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize.

In our tenth year, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize honors members of the literary community. The $5,000 prize is awarded to a local author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of poetry, non-fiction and fiction. Established in 2004, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies.

"The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize has celebrated the accomplishments of our talented authors for ten years," said Mayor Dean Fortin. "This is a great opportunity to nourish and honour the local literary community."

In its sixth year, the $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize will be awarded to a local author or illustrator of children’s literature. The prize was created in 2008 by Mel Bolen to provide authors of children’s and youth literature an increased opportunity for recognition.

"This is a landmark year for the society as we mark ten years of celebrating local writers. The gala promises to be fun-filled so mark your calendar." said Michelle Wong, President of the Victoria Book Prize Society.

Books must have been published between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 to be considered. Submissions can be made to the Victoria Book Prize Society, c/o Target Storage Ltd., POB #13, 747 Princess Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 1K5, between April 1 and May 31, 2013.

The Society will appoint two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community to review and assess adult and children’s literature entries based on their literary merit. Shortlisted nominees will be announced in September and authors will be showcased at a public reading and reception held at the Union Club of British Columbia on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

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 Blueprint and the Greater Victoria Public Library sponsor the book prizes and gala.

The Victoria Book Prize Society establishes the policy and criteria for the prizes, appoints the juries and administers the competitions.

For More Information:
Michelle Wong, President
Victoria Book Prize Society

Terri Askham, City of Victoria
Manager of Culture, Sports and Neighbourhoods
Parks, Recreation and Culture Department