The WIBA 2020 is open for submissions now.

Entries will be accepted until April 30, 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


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.