We're on the hunt for something novel: authors and publishers, submit your stories for the 2020 and 2021 City Of Vancouver Book Awards

It was exciting for our book to be chosen as a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Awards, and being declared the winner of this very important award was icing on the cultural cake.

Susan A. Point, O.C. and Robert D. Watt, LVO, previous award recipients

May 19 2021 –

Submissions are now open for the 2020 and 2021 City of Vancouver Book Awards which recognize books that deepen our understanding of Vancouver.

Authors and publishers of books of all genres are encouraged to submit entries that reflect Vancouver’s unique character, rich diversity, culture, history, and residents.

The authors of the winning books will each receive a $3,000 award to be presented at a celebratory event tentatively planned for the fall at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, public health orders permitting.

Eligibility

To be eligible, books must have been published in either 2019 or 2020 and should demonstrate excellence in content, illustration, design, or format.

Submitted books would also increase our understanding of Vancouver, including its place on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, and the people from across the world who have infused Vancouver’s cultural landscape with the qualities, landmarks, and stories that make the city recognizable and distinct. 

The majority of selection committee members who will choose the winning book will be from underrepresented communities. 

The deadline for submission is Friday, June 18, 2021.

Learn more information about submission guidelines  

Previous winners

Previous winners of the City of Vancouver Book Award include Chelene Knight for Dear Current Occupant, Carleigh Baker for Bad Endings, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Karen Duffek and Tania Willard for Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories.

Quotes

Susan A. Point, O.C. and Robert D. Watt, LVO, previous award recipients

"It was exciting for our book to be chosen as a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Awards, and being declared the winner of this very important award was icing on the cultural cake,” says previous award recipients and authors of People Among the People: The Public Art of Susan Point, Susan A. Point, O.C. and Robert D. Watt, LVO. “It was as if the whole the community was celebrating the importance of Susan's art and the deep and lasting importance of inspiration rooted in the ancient aesthetic of her people. This award has been a big help in drawing attention to the educational and informative aspects of this study of Susan's public art."