Book-AwardsThese awards celebrate excellence in book publishing in Alberta in fourteen categories. This year’s Alberta Book Awards Gala will be held on September 18, 2015 at Fort Edmonton Park. Recipients of the 2015 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.  The event will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Book Publisher’s Association of Alberta.

the fourteen Alberta Book Award categories are:

Book Publishing Award

  • Children and Young Adult
  • Educational
  • Trade Fiction
  • Trade Non-Fiction
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Scholarly and Academic
  • Poetry

Book Publishing Design Award

  • Book
  • Book Cover
  • Illustration

Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence

Alberta Book Publishing Achievement Award

Alberta Emerging Publisher

Alberta Publisher of the Year

Eligibility Requirements:

Publishers do not have to be members of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta to apply but must meet these eligibility requirements:

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 and not an occasional activity

Judging Process:

Except where noted, all awards are decided by an independent jury. Jurors are recruited by the Book Publishers of Alberta Association Awards Committee and staff.

Submission Criteria:

Books submitted for this award must have been published after January 1, 2014 and before December 31, 2014. Please review the submission forms for each award for the individual award criteria at:

Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

For more information or to submit an application, please contact the Book Publishers Association of Alberta at:
(780) 424-5060