Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
About Geoffrey BilsonBorn on January 27, 1938, Geoffrey Bilson was an avid reader from an early age, and began to write while quite young. His published historical novels for children include Death Over Montreal and Goodbye Sarah. He also published several books for adults. Before his sudden death in 1987, Geoffrey Bilson taught as a professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan. The Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People was created in his honour in 1988. Previous Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Winners and Finalists
CRITERIA AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
- Books must be published between January 1 and December 31, 2015.
- Both the author and illustrator (if applicable) must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada (who have lived in Canada for at least two years).
- Books may be published in Canada or abroad.
- Books must be first foreign or first Canadian editions. New editions or re-issues of previously published titles are not eligible for submission.
- Books must be in English.
- Translations are eligible, provided the translator is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (who has lived in Canada for at least two years).
- Books should be written for young people up to age 18. Adult books are not eligible.
- Books submitted for consideration must be original works.
- Books submitted must be a work of historical fiction.
- Graphic novels are eligible.
- Autobiographies are not eligible.
- Picture books, short story collections by more than one author, and plots involving time travel are not eligible.
- The award is only for books in the printed format, as distinct from digital (i.e., eBooks) and audio visual formats.
- Books in manuscript form are not eligible.
- All books must have an ISBN and be distributed in Canada.
- Self-published books are eligible for submission provided they have a valid ISBN.
Criteria:In identifying the best historical novel of the year, each jury member shall consider the following:
- Historical setting and accuracy
- Strong character and plot development
- Well-told, original story
- Suitability of book for its intended age group
Submission Information:The deadline for submitting to the 2016 award (for books published in 2015) was December 18, 2015. We are no longer accepting submissions at this time.
Meghan HoweCanadian Children's Book CentreSuite 217, 40 Orchard View Blvd.Toronto, ON M4R 1B9Tel: 416-975-0010 ext. 222
|2015||Marsha Skrypuch, Dance of the Banished. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2014.|
|2014||Karen Bass, Graffiti Knight. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2013.|
|2013||Elizabeth Stewart, The Lynching of Louie Sam. Toronto: Annick Press, 2012.|
|2012||Kate Cayley, The Hangman in the Mirror. Toronto: Annick Press, 2011.|
|2011||Valerie Sherrard, The Glory Wind. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010.|
|2010||Shane Peacock, Vanishing Girl: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Third Case. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2009.|
|2009||John Ibbitson, The Landing. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2008.|
|2008||Christopher Paul Curtis, Elijah of Buxton. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2007.|
|2007||Eva Wiseman, Kanada. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2006.|
|2006||Pamela Porter, The Crazy Man. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005.|
|2005||Michel Noël, Good for Nothing. Translated by Shelley Tanaka. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2004.|
|2004||Brian Doyle, Boy O’Boy. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2003.|
|2003||Joan Clark, The Word for Home. Toronto: Penguin Books Canada, 2002.|
|2002||Virginia Frances Schwartz, If I Just Had Two Wings. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2001.|
|2001||Sharon McKay, Charlie Wilcox. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2000.|
|1999||Iain Lawrence, The Wreckers. New York: Delacorte Press,1998.|
|1998||Irene N. Watts, Good-bye Marianne. Toronto: Tundra Books, 1998.|
|1997||Janet McNaughton, To Dance at the Palais Royale. St. John’s: Tuckamore Books, 1996.|
|1996||Marianne Brandis, Rebellion: A Novel of Upper Canada. Erin, ON: The Porcupine’s Quill, 1996.|
|1995||Joan Clark, The Dream Carvers. Toronto: Viking, 1995.|
|1994||Kit Pearson, The Lights Go On Again. Toronto: Viking, 1993.|
|1993||Celia Barker Lottridge, Ticket to Curlew. Illustrated by Wendy Wolsak-Frith. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 1992|
|1991||Marianne Brandis, The Sign of the Scales. Erin, ON: The Porcupine's Quill, 1990.|
|1990||Kit Pearson, The Sky is Falling. Markham, ON: Viking Kestrel, 1989.|
|1989||Martyn Godfrey, Mystery in the Frozen Lands. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co., 1988.|
|1989||Dorothy Perkyns, Rachel's Revolution. Hantsport, NS: Lancelot Press, 1988.|
|1988||Carol Matas, Lisa. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1987.|