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.
Aboriginal Peoples' Writing and Publishing awards added
Prix du livre français (offered every second year) added
Scholarly Writing Award added
Saskatoon Book Award added
Publishing in Education Award added
Fiction, Poetry and Children’s (alternates with Young Adult) awards added
Organization incorporated as the Saskatchewan Book Awards Inc.
Non-Fiction Award added
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.