29+ Awards!


Below is a list of prizes, both for books and individual works, that you can consider applying for this Spring! I won’t promise that this is a complete list, but I added as many as I could! If you have others, send them my way, and I’ll add them to the list. 

Man Booker Prize: Deadline March 9
The book must be published by a press or imprint in the UK, but it is open to Canadians

Code’s Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit & Metis Literature: Deadline March 31
This award recognizes excellence in Indigenous-authored literature for young adults.

2017 PWAC Awards: Deadline April 21
There are seven diverse awards given in writing, editing, and volunteer services

City of Vancouver Book Award: Deadline May 19
An award for a book that contributes significantly to the city of Vancouver

Cundill History Prize: Deadline June 1
This prize is for books of history published in English and grounded in scholarly research

Griffin Poetry Prize: Deadline June 30
The worlds largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in English

Governor General’s Literary Awards: Deadlines in March, June, July, and August
This award is given to the best published Canadian Book in various language categories.

The Vancouver Writers Fest Adult & Youth Writing Contests: Deadline September 5
Two cash-prize contests with two categories each: Poetry and Creative Short Fiction

Writers’ Trust Prizes & Awards: Deadlines Vary
This prize recognizes exceptional writers in ten categories, including emerging writers, LGBT writers, political writing, and more.

Winning Writers Contests: Poetry, Essays, Fiction, Books & More: Deadlines Vary
These contests are sponsored by Winning Writers and have more than $20’000 in prizes

The RBC Taylor Prize: Deadline November 3

The prize commemorates Charles’ Taylor’s pursuit of excellence and has a $25’000 prize

CLA Young Adult Book Award & Book of the Year for Children Award: Deadline November 30
This award recognizes an author of an outstanding English language Canadian book written for youth, and the best children’s book

The Donner Prize: Deadline November 30
This award is for the best public policy book by a Canadian Writer. The grand prize is $50’000, and all nominated titles receive $7’500

BC Book Prizes (7 categories) & the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence: Deadline December 1
Thes prizes were established in 1985, and celebrate the achievements of BC Writers and Publishers.

The Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing: Deadline December 15
The Arthur Ellis Awards have eight categories related to crime writing available each year, some with large cash prizes.

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction: Deadline December 15
This $10’000 Norma Fleck Award is the largest of its kind in Canadian children’s books, and it’s a prestigious literary prize.

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award: Deadline December 15
There is a total of $80’000.00 available to be won in this category, split into two grand prizes and eight honor prizes.

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People: Deadline December 15
This is an annual award created in Geoffrey Bilson’s honour in 1988, and the prize was increased to $5’000 in 2008.

John Spray Mystery Award: Deadline December 15
This award honours excellence in the mystery book genre, and carries a cash prize of $5’000

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award: Deadline December 15
Established in 2006, this award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format, with a cash prize of $20’000

Amy Mathers Teen Book Award: Deadline December 15
This award honours excellence in teen/young adult fiction with a cash prize of $5’000

Okanagan Short Story Contest: Deadline December 29
Open to all residents of the southern interior of BC, this contests accepts unpublished works of fiction from 1000-4000 words

Leacock Medal Award: Deadline December 31
This award is accompanied by a $15’000 prize and has been awarded since 1947 for the best Canadian book of literary humour

James Knudsen Prizes for Fiction & Poetry: Deadline January 1
Two prizes offered by Bayou Magazine, each offering a prize of $1000, and a subscription to the magazine.

Magazine Awards, Writing Awards: Deadline January 20
This award recognizes excellence by Canadian magazine writers. Cash prizes and certificates are available to be won

The ReLit Awards: Deadline January 30
This award was founded to acknowledge the best new work released by an independent publisher

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic: Deadline January 31
The Award is a juried award which celebrates exceptional writing in three categories: adult, young adult, and short story

The Word Guild, Word Awards: Deadline January 15
With ten very diverse categories, the Word Awards provide many opportunities to Christian writers

Scotia Bank Giller Prize: Deadline February 15
The Giller prize recognizes excellence in Canadian Fiction—long format or short stories—with a cash prize of $25’000


If you’d like to share your experiences with Canadian writing awards, go chat with other writers on the FBCW forum!

About Shaleeta Harrison

I am the Executive Director of the FBCW.

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