Alberta Book Publishing Awards

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

 

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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

Shortlist 2020

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Trade Fiction

Renegade Arts Entertainment
1st Legion of Utopia
James Davidge
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NeWest Press
The Inquirer
Jaclyn Dawn
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University of Calgary Press
The Red Chesterfield
Wayne Arthurson
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Freehand Books
The Student
Cary Fagan
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Trade Non-Fiction

University of Calgary Press
Intertwined Histories: Plants in Their Social Contexts
Edited by James Ellis
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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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NeWest Press
South Away
Meaghan Marie Hackinen
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University of Alberta Press
What You Take With You
Therese Greenwood
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Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry

University of Calgary Press
Air Salt: A Trauma Mémoire as a Result of the Fall
Ian Kinney
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University of Alberta Press
Apostrophes VIII: Nothing Is But You and I
E.D. Blodgett
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University of Calgary Press
Exhibit
Paul Zits
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Frontenac House Ltd.
Pressure Cooker Love Bomb
Sharanpal Ruprai
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Speculative Fiction

Freehand Books
Agnes, Murderess
Sarah Leavitt
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Tyche Books
Earth: Giants, Golems, & Gargoyles
Edited by Rhonda Parrish
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Hades Publications / EDGE
A God in Chains
Matthew Hughes
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NeWest Press
The Melting Queen
Bruce Cinnamon
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Scholarly & Academic

University of Calgary Press
Imperial Standard: Imperial Oil, Exxon, and the Canadian Oil Industry from 1880
Graham D. Taylor
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University of Alberta Press
John Rae, Arctic Explorer
John Rae, edited by William Barr
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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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Learning

Eschia Books
Little Women’s Lodge Kit
Darlene Auger
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Brush Education
Strategies for the MCCQE Part II: Mastering the Clinical Skills Exam in Canada
Dr. Christopher Naugler
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Brush Education
Stuck!: Learn to Love Your Screenplay Again
Josh Miller
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Children’s & Young Adult

Renegade Arts Entertainment
Duty, Honour & Izzat
Steven Purewal
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Athabasca University Press
The Law is (Not) for Kids: A Legal Rights Guide for Canadian Children and Teens
Ned Lecic & Marvin A. Zuker
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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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NeWest Press
The Melting Queen by Bruce Cinnamon
Designed by Michel Vrana
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Renegade Arts Entertainment
Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’ by Kyle Simmers & Ryan Danny Owen
Designed by Kyle Simmers
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Book Cover Design

NeWest Press
Arctic Smoke by Randy Nikkel Schroeder
Designed by Michel Vrana
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NeWest Press
Echolocation by Karen Hofmann
Designed by Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)
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University of Calgary Press
Protest and Democracy edited by Moisés Arce and Roberta Rice
Designed by Melina Cusano
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Book Illustration

Freehand Books
Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt
Illustrated by Sarah Leavitt
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Renegade Arts Entertainment
Alice at Naptime by Shea Proulx
Illustrated by Shea Proulx
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Eschia Books
Little Women’s Lodge Kit by Darlene Auger
Illustrated by Chloe “Bluebird” Mustooch
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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

Freehand Books
This Has Nothing to Do With You by Lauren Carter
Edited by Naomi K. Lewis
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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

NeWest Press

University of Alberta Press

Emerging Publisher of The Year

To Be Announced at the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala

Special Achievement Award

To Be Announced at the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala

Lifetime Achievement in Publishing

To Be Announced at the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala

Past winners

Read winning and nominated titles in eBook format.

2019 Awards

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2018 Awards

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2017 Awards

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2016 Awards

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2015 Awards

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2014 Awards

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2013 Awards

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2012 Awards

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2011 Awards

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2010 Awards

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2009 Awards

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2008 Awards

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2007 Awards

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2006 Awards

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2005 Awards

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2004 Awards

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