Book Awards

The annual Alberta Book Publishing Awards celebrate excellence in book publishing in Alberta.


What’s new

This year’s Alberta Book Awards Gala will be held in September at a yet to be determined venue in Calgary. Recipients of the Alberta Book Awards will be announced at the gala, along with the recipients of the Publisher of the Year, Book Illustration and Lifetime Achievement Awards.


Call for Submissions

There are 14 categories in which books and publishers can receive awards.


Book of the Year – 7 categories: Children and Young Adult, Educational, Trade Fiction, Trade Non-Fiction, Scholarly and Academic, Speculative Fiction and Poetry

Book Design – 3 categories: Book Design, Book Cover, and Book Illustration

Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence – recognizing outstanding editorial work

Alberta Book Publishing Achievement Award – recognizing long-standing contributions made to Alberta book publishing

Alberta Emerging Publisher

Alberta Publisher of the Year


Publishers can submit candidates for the Book of the Year categories, Book Design categories, and Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence category. Please see the submissions page for submission forms and more information.



Everyone is welcome to be part of this celebration of excellence in Alberta’s publishing and literary communities.


Tickets will be available for purchase soon.