Call for Submissions: 2011 Victoria Book Prizes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Victoria (March 31, 2011) – The Victoria Book Prize Society is now accepting submissions for the 8th annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and the 4th annual Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize. The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize honours a member of the local literary community with a $5,000 prize for the best book published for adult readership in the categories of poetry, literary non-fiction, and fiction. The Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize honours a member of the children’s books literary community and presents $5,000 to the author/illustrator of the best book published for youth. The awards will be presented Wednesday October 12th at the Union Club of British Columbia.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to honour and showcase the literary achievements of local, talented authors with this annual award, “said Mayor Dean Fortin. Victoria Book Prize Society President Lorna MacDonald echoes Mayor Fortin,”We look forward to celebrating our local writers and illustrators at the October 12th gala. Victoria is fortunate to have so many talented authors as well as the audience to appreciate them.”

Guidelines and submission forms are available at Books must have been published between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011 to be considered this year. Submissions can be sent to the following address between April 1 and May 31:

Victoria Book Prize Society
c/o Target Storage Ltd.
#15, 747 Princess Avenue
Victoria, BC V8T 1K5

Two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community will be appointed by the Victoria Book Prize Society to review and assess adult and children’s literature entries based on their literary or illustrative merit. Last year’s City of Victoria Butler Book Prize winner was Children of the Klondike (Whitecap Books) by Frances Backhouse and Counting on Hope (Sono Nis Press) by Sylvia Olsen won the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize.

For further information contact:

Lorna MacDonald | Victoria Book Prize Society
250-382-1058 |