2024 Call for Juror Nominations
The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is seeking qualified jurors to help select the winners of the 2024 Alberta Book Publishing Awards program.
Jury packages will be distributed in early March, and meetings will take place in May. Jurors will be expected to review all of the books submitted in their category, review relevant supporting documents, and attend one meeting over Zoom which should last about an hour. Jurors will be provided with physical and digital copies of the books and digital copies of the supporting materials. An honorarium will be awarded for this work, and jurors are welcome to keep the books after the adjudication process wraps up. Criteria documents for each award can be reviewed here.
As this is a publishing industry award, we are looking for Canadian jurors with relevant work experience in the traditional book publishing industry. We are particularly interested in recruiting jurors who have worked, or are currently working for Canadian independent book publishers (across all departments: marketing, publicity, production, editing, etc.).
Self-nominations and returning jurors are welcome along with those new to the program. We are actively looking to diversify and expand our pool of jurors, and encourage nominations from and on behalf of publishing professionals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, people with disabilities, people identifying as 2SLGBTQI+, and people facing economic barriers.
For consideration for the 2024 program, please submit nominations through our Google Form by Friday, January 19, 2024. Nominations submitted through this form may be saved for future years, and only those selected to serve on juries will be contacted.