Winners and participants of the 2021 Vancouver Book Award

Did you write or publish a book about Vancouver last year?

Put in a good word and submit to the 2022 City Of Vancouver Book Awards

March 9 2022 –

Submissions are now open for the 2022 City of Vancouver Book Awards which seeks books that deepen our understanding of Vancouver. The winning author will receive a $3,000 prize.

Authors and publishers of books of all genres are encouraged to submit entries that increase understanding of Vancouver’s place on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, and the oral traditions, stories, and rich diversity and culture that make the city recognizable and distinct.

Eligible submissions

Books must have been published in 2021 to be eligible.

Successful submissions should demonstrate excellence in content, illustration, design, or format. The selection committee tasked with choosing the winning book will represent various perspectives, lived experiences, and expertise framed by a passion for arts and the city.

The award will be presented at a celebratory event in the fall at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, public health orders permitting.


The deadline for submission is Thursday, April 22. Find more information about submission guidelines.

Previous winners of the City of Vancouver Book Award

  • Catherine B. Clement for Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow (2020)
  • Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Karen Duffe, and Tania Willard for Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories (2019)
  • Chelene Knight for Dear Current Occupant (2018)
  • Carleigh Baker for Bad Endings (2017)


Michelle Good, 2021 Vancouver Book Award recipient, author of Five Little Indians

“I was touched and honoured to win the Vancouver Book Award, given that Vancouver will always feel like home,” said Michelle Good. “We all create worlds in our writing and in Five Little Indians, Vancouver makes up a significant part of the world my characters’ lives play out in. My deepest wish is that readers will come away from Five Little Indians with a deeper understanding of how trauma haunts Residential School Survivors forever, and that this will spark them to read more, learn more, and do more to achieve substantive and meaningful Reconciliation.”