Call for Submissions: 2016 CCBC Book Awards

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is now accepting submissions for its seven children’s book awards. The submission deadline for all awards is December 18, 2015.

If you click on the links below you will find information about each award. Please be sure to read all of the submission information and criteria for each of the awards, as it varies from award to award, and some of the criteria has changed from last year, specifically the John Spray Mystery Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.

Only works by Canadian authors and illustrators, published between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, are eligible for submission. The award marked with an asterisk (*) is only open to Canadian publishers.

Books submitted that do not meet the eligibility requirements and criteria will not be considered and will not be returned. It is the publisher’s responsibility to determine what books are eligible for each award.

Title Submission Forms

You are required to complete a Title Submission Form for each title being submitted. Each award has its own specific form which indicates the number of books required for each submission. The forms are available in two formats – PDF and RTF. Click on the PDF link or RTF link to download the title submission form(s).

  • TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award Title Submission Form (PDF / RTF)
  • Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Title Submission Form (PDF / RTF)
  • Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction Title Submission Form (PDF / RTF)
  • Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Title Submission Form (PDF / RTF)
  • John Spray Mystery Award Title Submission Form (PDF / RTF)
  • Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy Title Submission Form (PDF / RTF)
  • Amy Mathers Teen Book Award Title Submission Form (PDF / RTF)

The submission deadline for all awards is December 18, 2015. Please note this is a firm deadline. All submissions must be received by this date (not postmarked by this date), as the CCBC office will close for the holidays. If you do not think that your submissions can reach our office by December 18, please contact Meghan Howe immediately at or 416.975.0010 x 222.

Note to US publishers, foreign publishers and self-published authors using printers in the US: When you are sending your submissions, please make sure that all courier charges, including duty, are billed to the sender. The CCBC cannot incur these costs. Packages flagged as COD will be refused.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility or the awards in general, please contact Meghan Howe at 416.975.0010 ext. 222 or