How to Enter

Publishers and authors may submit books that fit the prizes/awards categories as posted on the BC and Yukon Book Prizes website. Books must meet all of the general criteria for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes, and all the eligibility criteria for each individual prize. There are eight prize categories and one award given out each year. See Prize and Award Categories for details.

To be eligible, entry forms and fees must be received by, or postmarked, not later than December 1. ($40 per book, per prize category entered)

The Official Entry Forms will be available beginning July 15 each year, until the closing date for entries which is December 1. Books must have been published during that same calendar year between January 1 and December 31, for the eight prize categories including the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

Five copies of the book must be provided for each title and category entered. No copies of books are to be provided for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, which is decided by ballot (see sidebar).

Books published by November 15 must be received in our office by December 1. No exceptions will be made. Books published between November 15 and December 31 must request a late submission of books option, in writing, on the Official Entry Form and indicate when the books will be available. The Entry Form and fee must still be received by the December 1 deadline.

Entry for 2021 (books published in 2020) closed on December 1, 2020. Thank you for your interest and check back in July for the 2022 submission form.

Fill in the form online and print out the entry confirmation. The entry confirmation must be mailed to the BC and Yukon Book Prizes office along with 5 copies of the book and the $40 entry fee for each prize category entered. Payment only by cheque or money order made payable to BC and Yukon Book Prizes or cash.

Send entries/nominations to:

BC and Yukon Book Prizes
#201 – 145 Keefer Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1X3

Judging and Prize information

For each of the eight prize categories there is a jury of three industry professionals, and from their individually submitted ballots, five finalists including the winner are selected in each prize category.

For the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, there is a ballot vote by BC and Yukon Booksellers and from those ballots, five finalists including the winner are selected.

The finalists for the eight prizes and are announced in mid-April.

The prize winners are announced at the BC ad Yukon Book Prizes Gala. The Gala is held annually in September. The winners receive a cash prize of $3,000 plus a certificate.