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Prizes for Greater Victoria writers

April 16th, 2020

The Victoria Book Prizes is accepting this year’s submissions for its two prizes: the $5,000 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the $5,000 City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize.

The Victoria Book Prize Society’s annual awards gala showcases the literary achievements of authors and illustrators who make Greater Victoria their home.

The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is awarded to a local author for the best book of fiction, literary non-fiction or poetry published in the preceding year. Established in 2004, this prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies.

The former Children’s Book Prize has been rebranded as the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize. In fall 2019, Victoria City Council approved a motion to provide an annual $5,000 grant for the Children’s Book Prize to recognize and celebrate exceptional children’s and youth literature in its community. Previously, this prize had been funded by the late Mel Bolen of the eponymous book store.

Books must have been published between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020. The deadline for submissions is May 22, 2020. Shortlisted nominees for both prizes will be announced in September, and authors will be showcased at a gala held at the Union Club of British Columbia on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

For more information including submission forms and guidelines, visit www.victoriabookprizes.ca.

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