WIBA 2020 Shortlist Announced!

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.

 

Whistler Independent Book Awards 2020

The fiction nominees are

Jennifer Rouse Barbeau for Dying Hour

Roy Blomstrom for Silence

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

 

Every book submitted was professionally read and assessed. Authors not shortlisted will receive their evaluations by July 16, 2020. The shortlisted nominees were selected by Canadian Authors members and the finalists will be announced July 16, 2020.

Finalists Judges

Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Darcie Friesen Hossack

J.J. Lee

Susan Oakey-Baker

 

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, October 15 to 18, 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 nonfiction. There are three finalists in each category (fiction and nonfiction), with the winners being announced at the annual Whistler Writers Festival.

Jointly administered by the Whistler Writing Society, Canadian Authors and Vivalogue Publishing, and sponsored by The Writers Union of Canada, 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.

 

Find out about the 2020 WIBAs at https://independentbookawards.ca/

 

Whistler Independent Book Awards 2019 Finalists

Congratulations to Ann Shortell, winner in the fiction category for Celtic Knot: A Clara Swift Tale, and Tina Martel, winner in the nonfiction category for Not in the Pink.

 

The two other 2019 fiction finalists were:

Edythe Anstey Hanen for Nine Birds Singing
Diana Stevan for Sunflowers under Fire

 

The two other 2019 nonfiction finalists were:

Bill Arnott for Gone Viking: A Travel Saga
Manuel Matas for The Borders of Normal

 

The 2019 fiction finalists were judged by Evelyn Lau and Darcie Friesen Hossack. The nonfiction finalists were judged by J.J. Lee and Susan Oakey Baker. The winners were announced at the Whistler Writers Festivals Literary Cabaret on October 18, 2019.

The Whistler Independent Book Awards provide independently published authors with a unique opportunity to have their work recognized through a juried process.

Non-shortlisted titles were assessed and reviewed by Canadian Authors Association reviewers and every participating author received valuable, professional feedback on their submission.