City of Vancouver Book Award

City of Vancouver Book Award

The annual City of Vancouver Book Award has been recognizing authors of excellence of any genre since 1989. These authors contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver's diversity, history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents.

The $3,000 prize is funded by our Publishing Reserve, which was established in 1977 as a permanent legacy for Vancouver writers and publishers.

What's happeningSubmissions are now closed for the 2022 Award

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 shortlist will be announced in September, and the winner will be announced at an event in October.

Previous Book Award winners

Previous winners of the City of Vancouver Book Award include Michelle Good for Five Little Indians (2021), Catherine B. Clement for Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow (2020), Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Karen Duffek, and Tania Willard for Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories (2019), Chelene Knight for Dear Current Occupant (2018), and Carleigh Baker for Bad Endings (2017). 

See more City of Vancouver Book Award winners and finalists from previous years

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