Alberta Book Publishing Awards

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About the awards

As the critical middle piece of the storytelling process, Alberta book publishers enrich and sustain the cultural and social landscape of our province. Releasing a range of quality titles each year, they bring Alberta’s Story to life and share it locally, nationally and internationally.

Created to recognize and celebrate the best of the Alberta book publishing industry, the Alberta Book Publishing Awards have grown alongside the industry to capture the excellence and innovation of Alberta’s book publishers.

Each year, the winners of the Alberta Book Publishing awards are selected through a peer jury process in up to 16 award categories. This much-anticipated event draws industry, government, and media attention to the world-class excellence of Alberta’s publishing industry.

Submission Information

The BPAA is accepting submissions for the 2024 Alberta Book Publishing Awards through February 28, 2024.

Download the PDF Media Release

Eligibility

Nominees for Alberta Book Publishing Awards need not be members of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) but must meet the following criteria to be eligible to win an award:

1. A publisher will:

  • have its chief office of business located in Alberta,
  • be at least 80% beneficially owned by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, or be fully owned and controlled by Canadian institutions or associations that are 80% controlled by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants,
  • have effective managerial and editorial control by people domiciled in Alberta, and financial control in the hands of people living in Canada, 
  • publish original Canadian books as a primary, not occasional, activity, and
  • not accept service fees from authors.

2. Titles must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2023.

3. Revised editions are eligible* if at least two of the following elements are included:

  • significant changes in trim size or binding, or
  • typesetting additions, or 
  • changes to at least 20% of the text and significant graphic, or 
  • illustrative changes beyond a new cover.

4. Books may be entered in more than one category, and in any or all of the three design categories.

5. Each publisher may submit up to three titles per award category.

*a description of the format and content changes, the release dates, and publishers’ names for previous editions must be supplied.

Conditions

  • Submissions must be received in full on or before February 28, 2024.
  • All submissions become the property of the BPAA and will not be returned.
  • Submission fees are non-refundable.
  • Jury decisions are final; including no award in a category.

Disclaimer

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta administers the Alberta Book Publishing Awards as a service to the book publishers of Alberta and has no influence on jury deliberations and decisions.

Submission Checklist

Download the submission checklist as a PDF here.

–> Four copies of the book for the first category.

–> Three copies for each additional category. See Note 1 if the title is entered in more than one Design category. 

  • One copy of each title as an eBook in ePub or PDF format, uploaded to the Dropbox file request for each category the title is entered into. 
  • Digital copies of all supporting documents, uploaded to the Dropbox file request for each category the title is entered into. The requested supporting documents are included in the criteria documents for each category. See Note 2
  • Submission fees: You can pay by cheque, e-transfer to accounting@bookpublishers.ab.ca, or Square.

–> $35.00 per title, per category for members of the BPAA.

–> $50.00 per title, per category for non-members.

Submission Notes

Note 1: Only one set of copies (a total of four) is required for the Design categories, even when entering into more than one (Book Cover Design, Book Design, or Book Illustration).

Note 2: Supporting documents should be organized into individual folders for each title. Please upload the folder (zipped or unzipped), not individual files. If submitting a title in multiple categories, please upload eBooks and applicable supporting documentation into the Dropbox for each category the title is entered into.

Note 3: Send all hard copy book submissions to:

Book Publishers Association of Alberta  
Second Floor, Percy Page Centre
11759 Groat Road NW
Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6

Dropbox File Requests

Links to the Dropbox file requests for each category are included below. They can also be downloaded through the Dropbox file requests document.

Eligibility & Attestation Forms and Cover Photos:

Book of the Year:

Book Design:

Industry Awards:

Jury Criteria

Criteria documents for each award can be reviewed in our Dropbox Folder here

Past winners

You can find copies of previous winning and nominated titles through the following links:

Read Alberta eBooks and Prairie Indigenous eBook Collections

2023 Awards

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2022 Awards

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2021 Awards

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2020 Awards

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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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