Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence

Established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the Province. This award took a brief hiatus during 2018-2019 but was reinstated for 2020 by the Honourable Janet Austin.

There is no fee to submit a nomination. The deadline for nominations was April 30, 2022, and submissions are now closed. Nominations will open for next year in spring 2023. 

Supported by The Honourable Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia


The recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will be recognized as having:

  • written a substantial body of literary work throughout their career; and
  • contributed significantly to the literary community/industry of the Province of British Columbia.

The prize will be an award of $3,000 and a framed certificate.

  1. Writers must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents who were either born in British Columbia or whose principle place of residence has been British Columbia for at least the last five (5) full calendar years.
  2. Submission deadline for the 2022 Award is 5:00 pm PT on Saturday April 30th, 2022.
  3. Writers who have written books in the following genres will be considered:
    • Fiction
    • Creative Non-fiction
    • Poetry
    • Children’s (including young adult fiction)
  4. Books may have been published anywhere in the world.
  5. There shall be only one recipient of the award each year.
  6. Writers will not be awarded posthumously unless they were alive at the time of selection.

Nominations will be accepted from publishers as well as writing and publishing individuals and organizations. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominations should be submitted by email. Please contact us if you would like to submit any materials by mail.

Please include the following in your nomination:

  • No more than 10 pages of supporting materials in pdf format.  Supporting materials can include letters from members letters from contemporaries or others testifying to the importance of the nominee’s work and life. Supporting material can also be things like published reviews or retrospectives. Basically anything to help the jurors to assess and contextualize the influence and impact of the nominee’s work and career.
  • No more than 5 links to websites that clearly and specifically identify aspects of the nominee’s work and career. These links can feature such things as podcast interviews with the nominee or overviews of their work, wikipedia entries, biographical/bibliographic information, critical and/or creative writing by the nominee, reviews or critiques of their work, or any other relevant information that will help the jury to make their decision.

There is no limit to the number of individuals for which an organization can submit a nomination. All nominations and supporting materials are considered confidential.

Unless otherwise requested, all nominations will be kept on file for a period of two years. If a nominee is not selected to win in their first year of application, the application will reviewed by a new jury the following year.


Nomination Email Format

Please use the following format when submitting your nominations by email to

Email Subject: LG Award for Literary Excellence, (name of nominee)

Email Body:

  • Name of nominee + email for nominee, home address, phone number.
  • Your name and contact information.
  • Maximum of 5 relevant links
  • Attached documents in pdf containing a maximum of 10 total cumulative pages of support material.

If you have any questions about this process or submitting supporting materials please contact our Executive Director at


The jury shall consist of three prominent and diverse figures from the British Columbia literary community. The award will be presented at the annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes Gala in the fall.

Previous Winners

2021 Joseph A. Dandurand
2020 Julie Flett & Joy Kogawa
2017 Douglas Coupland
2016 Alan Twigg
2015 Betty Keller
2014 Kit Pearson
2013 Lorna Crozier and Sarah Ellis
2012 Brian Brett
2011 George Bowering
2010 Stan Persky
2009 Terry Glavin
2008 Gary Geddes
2007 Patrick Lane
2006 Jack Hodgins
2005 Robert Bringhurst
2004 P.K. Page