Hands holding 6 shortlisted books for the 2023 Vancouver Book Award

Submit a book for the City of Vancouver Book Award

Eligibility criteria 

The book may be:

  • Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama written for adults or children
  • An exploration of any aspects of the city such as its history, geography, diverse communities, current affairs, or the arts
  • Written or published anywhere in the world
  • Published in 2023

A book is ineligible if it is a reissue of a prior edition, text book, or previously submitted.

Evaluation criteria

The book must contribute significantly to an appreciation and understanding of the city of Vancouver and heighten awareness of one or more of the following:

  • Rich diversity and culture, including Vancouver’s place on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations
  • Vancouver’s history
  • Vancouver’s unique character 
  • The achievements of Vancouver’s residents

The book must excel in one or more of the following: 

  • Content
  • Illustration
  • Design
  • Format

Contact us

Miko Hoffman
Cultural Planner