City of Vancouver Invites Submissions For 2016 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.

The winning book can be of any genre and will demonstrate excellence in content, illustration, design, and/or format. To be eligible, books must be published in 2016 or 2015 and meet the application criteria.

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

The winner will be chosen by an independent jury, and will receive a $3,000 cash prize. The award will be presented on Monday, October 3 at the Mayor's Arts Awards at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. 

Recent past winners include: Wayde Compton for The Outer Harbour, David Stouck for Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life, and Amber Dawn for How Poetry Saved my Life. 

Submission Deadline

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 18, 2016.


If you have any questions about eligibility of your book, please contact Kristen Lambertson at 604.873.7921 or

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