The Whistler Independent Book Awards

The 2020 Whistler Independent Book Awards Shortlist will be announced on June 1.

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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Whistler Independent Book Awards
This year’s  WIBA submissions were accepted until April 30, 2020. Entries are now being evaluated and the shortlist will be announced June 1, 2020.

Updated Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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