Happy New Year!

We hope you had a fantastic holiday! We are back in the office, and busy assembling a fantastic slate of events for you in 2017.

We would like to send out a big thank you to the Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation and the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Fund at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation. Saskatchewan Book Awards has received grants from both of these funds. What a great way to kick off the New Year!

We'd also like to welcome back Andrea Martineau, who will be fulfilling the role of Event Coordinator this year. Andrea is a fourth-year student at the University of Regina, studying English and Psychology. She completed an internship with us last year, and we're very happy to have her back!

Our events will kick off next month with the Shortlist Announcement, which will take place in both Regina and Saskatoon on Thursday, February 9 over the lunch hour. Feel free to bring your bagged lunch to the announcement! In Regina, you can join us in the Mezzanine of the Central Library, and in Saskatoon, we'll be in the Gallery of the Frances Morrison Library. Tracy Hamon (winner of the 2015 Regina Book Award) will host the announcement in Regina, and Jeanette Lynes (winner of the 2016 Poetry Award) will host the announcement in Saskatoon. Join us to find out who the contenders will be for the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards!

SBA is pleased to announce that award-winning author James Daschuk will be hosting the 24th Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 29 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Daschuk is the author of Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life, which won five Saskatchewan Book Awards, the Governor General's Medal for scholarly research in history, and was recently named by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the twenty-five most influential Canadian books of the past twenty-five years.

Tickets will go on sale for the Awards Ceremony on February 9th. You'll be able to purchase tickets on our website ( via PayPal or by sending your cheque to our office (315-1102 8th Ave, Regina, SK S4R 1C9).

You can look forward to various readings and other events in the months leading up to the Awards Ceremony, including readings at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon. We are also very pleased to be partnering with the Regina Public Library once again in April for Writes of Spring: A Celebration of Readers and Writers. Stay tuned for more details, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

We have some exciting sponsorship opportunities available for 2017! The Children's Literature Award and the Indigenous Peoples' Publishing Award are currently open for sponsorship. We are very pleased to now offer customized sponsorship opportunities, including corporate tables, band sponsor, and more! Check out our updated sponsorship page for more details, and please get in touch with Executive Director Courtney Bates-Hardy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 306-569-1585) if you're interested in learning more about our sponsorship opportunities!


Saskatchewan Book Awards is pleased to invite you to Sunday brunch on November 13th. Only $20 per person gets you one regular priced brunch item at the Capitol Restaurant in Regina.

Connie Gault, Gerry Hill, and Carol Daniels will read at the event. A 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction will also be featured.

Seating times:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tickets are available at the SBA office (315-1102 8th Ave) or from board and staff members. All proceeds go towards supporting authors and publishers in Saskatchewan! Call or email Executive Director Courtney Bates-Hardy for more information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 306-569-1585).


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Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Saskatchewan Book Awards has several sponsorship opportunities available for 2017. Need more information? Check out the donation information page on our website, or call the office (306-569-1585) and speak to Executive Director Courtney Bates-Hardy.

Looking for a smaller way to support the Saskatchewan Book Awards? We accept donations all year round through our Canada Helps page where you can receive an automatic charitable donation receipt!

Submissions Open for 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards

Saskatchewan Book Awards is now open for submissions to the 2017 awards competition. The Call for Entries is available for download on our website. Once you're ready to submit, please use our online entry form. Copies of the book and a cheque for the submissions fee must be sent to the office at 315-1102 8th Ave, Regina, SK S4R 1C9. Submission fees are used for the administrative costs of processing the submissions and are therefore non-refundable. Submissions will close on Tuesday, November 1.

This year, there are 14 categories, including: Book of the Year, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Saskatoon Book, Regina Book, First Book, Poetry, Indigenous Peoples’ Writing, Young Adult Literature, Scholarly Writing, Publishing, Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing, Publishing in Education, and the Prix du livre français. The Children’s Literature Award is not being offered in 2017 but will be offered again in 2018.

The shortlist will be announced in February 2017 and award winners will be announced on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Contact the Saskatchewan Book Awards at 306-569-1585 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


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Changes to the Poetry Award Criteria

The 2017 Call for Entries was released on August 2, 2016 with changes to the Poetry Award criteria. The changes indicated that co-authored books and anthologies would be eligible for the Poetry Award. The SBA office has since received feedback from the poetry community that the inclusion of anthologies is neither warranted nor wanted.

In 2015, a co-authored poetry book was submitted to the Book Awards that highlighted a gap in the criteria. At the Annual General Meeting in May, the board voted to change the criteria of the Poetry Award to allow books by more than one author to be eligible. Upon reviewing the motion made by the board at the AGM, we believe the intention was to make books by no more than two authors eligible. As such, the Criteria of the Poetry Award has been adjusted to reflect this decision. Books by one or two authors, but not anthologies, will be eligible for the Poetry Award. Submissions will open on September 1st.

Saskatchewan Book Awards deeply values the authors and publishers we support and celebrate, and we want our criteria to reflect this principle. SBA apologizes for any inconvenience that these changes may have caused, and appreciates the patience and support of our authors and publishers. Please contact the SBA office directly with any questions or concerns.

Next Year's Ceremony

Mark your calendars! The 24th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Submissions will open in September. Keep an eye on our website for the Call for Entries, which will be posted later this summer.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey about the 2016 Awards Ceremony.

Recently, the SBA Board discussed the possibility of alternating the Awards Ceremony between Regina and Saskatoon. The survey found that 56% of people who responded felt that the Awards Ceremony should alternate between Regina and Saskatoon, but when they were asked if they would attend in Saskatoon, only 41% said they would attend. Many of the respondents were hesitant about a potential move due to the financial and logistical difficulties it would present. While the Board believes that alternating between the two cities is an excellent goal to work towards, SBA will continue to build our resources and find new ways to reach out to our audience in Saskatoon before making such a move.

Summer Hours

The SBA office will be closed on July 1 for Canada Day. We will reopen on July 6. Our summer hours will be reduced (Mon-Wed, 10-5), so please call ahead before visiting the office.

Upcoming Events

Tara Gereaux and Gerry Hill will be reading in Victoria Park on Wednesday, July 6th at noon for the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild's Words in the Park.

Words in the Park SWG

SBA shortlisted authors and winners, both past and present, will be presenting at the 2016 Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw July 14th-17th. More information can be found

SBA will have a featured panel on Saturday, July 16 at 1:30 pm in the Moose Jaw Art Museum Theatre with Elizabeth Philips, Cassidy McFadzean, and Connie Gault.

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Welcome to New Board Members

SBA is delighted to welcome six new board members: Lindsay Baker, Kali McDonald, Joe Couture, Giles Woodward, Léa Prpick, and Denise Leduc. They join Daniel Parr (returning Chair), Austin Davis (returning Vice-Chair), and Vijay Kachru on the 2016/2017 Board. You can find out more about them on our website.

Sponsorship Information

Saskatchewan Book Awards is looking for new sponsors. We have many exciting opportunities available for individuals and organizations who want to make a difference in the literary community. For more information, get in touch with Courtney Bates-Hardy at 306-569-1585 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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