The Whistler Independent Book Awards

The 2020 WIBAs Shortlist was announced on June 1.

Pandemics, lockdowns and novel coronaviruses did not stop self-published authors from around the country submitting their books to the Whistler Independent Book Awards.
The evaluating committee assessed all the entries and is pleased to announce the shortlisted nominees for the 2020 WIBAs.
The fiction nominees are:
Jennifer Rouse Barbeau for Dying Hour
Roy Blomstrom for Silences
R.E. Donald for Yellowhead Blues
C.V. Gauthier for Charlee LeBeau & The Gambler’s Promise
Laurel Mae Hislop for F-Holes of Melancholia
Tanya Lee for The Wolf and the Rain
The non-fiction nominees are:
Anna Byrne for Seven Year Summer
Bruno Huber for Folly Bistro
Lindy Hughes for The Common Wife
Stephanie Hrehirchuk for An Accidental Awakening
Laesa Faith Kim for Can’t Breathe
Mary O’Sullivan for Lazarus Heart
Whistler Writers Festival Finalists judges:
Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Darcie Friesen Hossack
J.J. Lee
Susan Oakey-Baker
The shortlisted nominees will be judged by Canadian Authors members and the finalists will be announced July 16, 2020.
Every book submitted was professionally read and assessed. Authors not shortlisted will receive their evaluations by July 16, 2020.
The Whistler Independent Book Awards provide independently published authors with a unique opportunity to have their work recognized through a juried process.
Winners will be announced during the 19th Whistler Writers Festival, 15–18 October 2020.

About The WIBAs

Established in 2016 to recognize excellence in Canadian independent publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards offers prizes in two categories: fiction and non-fiction. There are three finalists in each category (fiction and non-fiction), with the winners being announced at the annual Whistler Writers Festival.

The Writers’ Union of Canada sponsors The Whistler Independent Book Awards.

Jointly administered by the Whistler Writing Society, Canadian Authors and Vivalogue Publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBAs) provide independent authors with a unique opportunity to have their work recognized through a juried process typically reserved for trade-published titles.

In supporting independent authors, this competition is unique in that each and every entry receives a valuable, constructive critique of their submission, which can be quoted for publicity and promotional purposes.

WIBAs Shortlisting, Finalist selection, Winners selection, and Announcement information is at this link.



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