Submit a book for the City of Vancouver Book Award

Submissions are currently closed.

Books on a shelfEligibility

The book may be:

  • Any genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama)
  • Written for adults or children
  • An exploration any aspect of the city, such as its history, geography, current affairs, diverse communities, or the arts
  • Written or published anywhere in the world

The book must not be:

  • Copyrighted prior to the previous year
  • A re-issue of a prior edition
  • A textbook

Evaluation criteria

The book must:

  • Contribute significantly to an appreciation and understanding of Vancouver and heighten awareness of one of the following: Vancouver's history, unique character, rich diversity and culture, or the achievements of its residents
  • Exhibit excellence in one of more of the following: content, illustration, design, format

If no book deemed worthy of this award is submitted, the prize will not be awarded that year.

How to submit a book for the award

  1. Download the entry form (64 KB)
  2. Mail or deliver in person the following items for each book submitted:
    • A completed entry form
    • Four copies of the book
    • $20 entry fee (payable by cheque to the City of Vancouver)


    • City of Vancouver Book Award
      Cultural Services Department
      City of Vancouver
      Woodward's Heritage Building
      501 – 111 West Hastings St
      Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4
  3. If selected as a finalist, provide five additional copies of the book.

Contact Book Award staff

Marnie Rice