Submit a Book for the City of Vancouver Book Award

Authors and publishers of books that contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver's history, unique character or the achievements of its residents are invited to submit entries for the annual City of Vancouver Book Award.

Past winners include Amber Dawn for How Poetry Saved my Life, W.H. New for YVR, Michael Christie for The Beggar's Garden, and Bruce Grenville and Scott Steedman for Visions of British Columbia.


The book may be:

  • Any genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama)
  • Written for adults or children
  • An exploration any aspect of the city, such as its history, geography, current affairs, or the arts
  • Written or published anywhere in the world

The book must not be:

  • Copyrighted prior to the previous year
  • A re-issue of a prior edition
  • A textbook

Evaluation Criteria

The book must:

  • Contribute significantly to an appreciation and understanding of Vancouver and heighten awareness of one of the following: Vancouver's history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents
  • Exhibit excellence in one of more of the following: content, illustration, design, format

If no book deemed worthy of this award is submitted, the prize will not be awarded that year.

Submission Information

All entries must include: four copies of the book, a $20 submission fee, and a completed entry form. Entry forms and guidelines are available on the City's website at: 

Deadline for entries: Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

An independent panel of judges short-lists the nominated title and selects the winner of the $2,000 prize. The award will be presented in October by Mayor Gregor Robertson at the Mayor's Arts Awards.


If you have any questions about eligibility of your book or to receive a copy of the application form, please contact Marnie Rice at 604.871.6634 or

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