Our History

Homegrown and transplanted writers alike thrive in the greater Victoria area – so much so that we lay claim to many of Canada’s most awarded and recognized poets, novelists, essayists, children’s book authors and historians. With that reality and the generous help of committed volunteers and sponsors, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize inaugural $5,000 prize was awarded in 2004 – created to acknowledge and celebrate an extraordinarily accomplished writing community and the readers who support them. Our multi-genre adult prize and the Prize for Children’s literature (formerly Bolen’s Book Prize for Children’s literature), which was established in 2008, are awarded at an annual Gala in October which is a feast for the senses and the intellect.