Saskatchewan Book Awards recognizes, celebrates and rewards the excellence of Saskatchewan authors and publishers, building greater awareness and appreciation of Saskatchewan books, and increasing reader engagement. SBA is the only provincially-focused book awards program in Saskatchewan and a principal ambassador for Saskatchewan’s diverse literary community. Its solid reputation for celebrating artistic excellence in style is recognized nationally.

SBA was founded in 1993 and celebrated its 25th Awards Ceremony in 2018. The shortlist is announced every February, followed by a series of readings to promote the authors and publishers on the shortlist. The awards are given out at the end of April at an annual Awards Ceremony. 


  • 2009

    Aboriginal Peoples' Writing and Publishing awards added

  • 2002

    Prix du livre français (offered every second year) added

  • 1999

    Scholarly Writing Award added

  • 1998

    Saskatoon Book Award added

  • 1996

    Publishing in Education Award added

  • 1995

    Fiction, Poetry and Children’s (alternates with Young Adult) awards added

  • 1994

    Organization incorporated as the Saskatchewan Book Awards Inc.
    Non-Fiction Award added

  • 1993

    The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, SaskBooks (at that time called the Saskatchewan Publishers Group) and the Saskatchewan Library Association establish a provincial writing and publishing awards program. Four awards (Book of the Year Awards, City of Regina Award, Saskatchewan Award, Publisher's Prize) were presented at a gala dinner with Peter Gzowski of CBC Radio as guest speaker.

2014 Saskatchewan Book Awards

Archived Saskatchewan Book Awards (by Year)