The Whistler 2016 Independent Book Awards

New Literary Award

This year’s Whistler Writers Festival, October 13–16, will include the presentation of the inaugural Independent Book Awards. The Whistler 2016 Independent Book Awards will be open to Canadian authors or permanent residents who have independently published a book or books in the last five years. There will be a single winner, with two additional finalists, in each of four categories: fiction, non-fiction, crime fiction and poetry.

The shortlist will be selected by Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver and the three finalists in each category will be independently judged by a panel including a respected Canadian author or poet and an appointee of the Whistler Writing Society. Judging the Fiction category will be author and translator Genni Gunn, whose most recent novel, Solitaria, was nominated for the 2011 Giller Prize. JJ Lee, whose debut book, The Measure of a Man, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, will judge the Non-Fiction category. Crime novelist, journalist, and publisher Linda L. Richards will judge the Crime Fiction category while former Vancouver Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau will judge the Poetry category.

The deadline for eligible authors to submit their entries to the Whistler Independent Book Awards was Friday, June 3, 2016. Details of the contest are available at


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