Alberta Book Publishing Awards

Established in 1994, these annual awards recognize and celebrate the best of the Alberta book publishing industry.

 

The 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards were announced virtually, on the BPAA YouTube page.

The video is still available to watch at any time through the above link.

2020 BPAA Awards Program (PDF)

2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Winners (PDF)

Download the 2020 shortlist (PDF)

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About the awards

Jury Criteria

Submission Instructions

Past winners

About the awards

Each year, the Alberta Book Publishing Awards winners are selected through a peer jury process in up to 14 award categories. This much-anticipated event draws industry, government and media attention to the world-class excellence of Alberta’s publishing industry.

Submissions for the 2020 awards are currently closed. Jury Criteria and submission instructions are below:

Jury Criteria

The 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards was accepting submissions through February 28, 2020, in the following categories:

Book of the Year: 

Book Design

Industry Awards

2020 Award Winners

Download the PDF Media Release

Trade Fiction

University of Calgary Press
The Red Chesterfield
Wayne Arthurson
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Trade Non-Fiction

University of Alberta Press
Power Play: Professional Hockey and the Politics of Urban Development
Jay Scherer, David Mills & Linda Sloan McCulloch
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Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry

University of Calgary Press
Exhibit
Paul Zits
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Speculative Fiction

Freehand Books
Agnes, Murderess
Sarah Leavitt
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Scholarly & Academic

University of Alberta Press
John Rae, Arctic Explorer
John Rae, edited by William Barr
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Learning

Eschia Books
Little Women’s Lodge Kit
Darlene Auger
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Children’s & Young Adult

Durvile Publications & Uproute Books
Lillian & Kokomis: The Spirit of Dance
Lynda Partridge
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Book Design

University of Alberta Press
Knowings and Knots edited by Natalie Loveless
Designed by Alan Brownoff
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Book Cover Design

NeWest Press
Echolocation by Karen Hofmann
Designed by Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)
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Book Illustration

Renegade Arts Entertainment
Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’ by Kyle Simmers & Ryan Danny Owen
Illustrated by Kyle Simmers
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Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence

Frontenac House Ltd.
Quartet 2019

Against Forgetting by Keith Garebian
Common Brown House Moths by Laura Zacharin
Baddie One Shoe by Natalie Meisner
Waterline Immersion by Conrad Scott

Edited by Micheline Maylor

Mel Hurtig Publisher of the Year

University of Alberta Press

Emerging Publisher of The Year

Red Barn Books

Special Achievement Award

Alberta Views

Glass Bookshop

Lifetime Achievement in Publishing

Jerome Martin

Past winners

Read winning and nominated titles in eBook format.

2020 Awards

Winners | Shortlist | Video

2019 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2018 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2017 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2016 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2015 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2014 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2013 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2012 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2011 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2010 Awards

Winners  | Shortlist

2009 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2008 Awards

Shortlist

2007 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2006 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2005 Awards

Winners | Shortlist

2004 Awards

Winners | Shortlist