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October 2019 Announcements

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCEMENT

The Saskatchewan Book Awards (SBA) Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Kam Teo, as our new Executive Director! Kam brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in Saskatchewan's public library system and community development. Kam will be joining the SBA on October 7 when SBA will resume its regular office hours from Monday to Friday.

 

SBA SHORTLISTED FORSHORTLISTED FOR SASKATCHEWAN ARTS BOARD AWARD

Saskatchewan Books Awards is one of three nominees, along with Common Weal Community Arts and PAVED Arts, shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Arts Board Organization Award. Awards honouring Saskatchewan artists and organizations supporting the arts will be presented on the evening of Monday, November 4, 2019 at the Frank & Ellen Remai Arts Centre in Saskatoon.

The public is invited to attend this gala evening. Tickets are $60 and are available at persephonetheatre.org/stages/events.

The event starts with Snacks and Sips from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm with presentations to follow at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 306 787-4978.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

1. LEGISLATIVE LIBRARY READING - Wednesday October 30 (12 pm to 1 pm) 

    2405 Legislative Drive, Regina

The Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Legislative Library are pleased to host award winning authors, Arthur Slade, Valerie Korinek and Harold Johnson, who will read from their works.  Bring a friend and come and meet authors after the readings. 

Lunch will be provided. No registration required.

 

2. RIVER VOLTA READING - TBA November 27, 2019 - Saskatoon

 

CALL FOR 2020 SASKATCHEWAN BOOK AWARDS SUBMISSIONS 

The deadline for submissions for the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards is open until Friday, November 1, 2019. 

Saskatchewan Book Awards looks forward to receiving your submissions. The mandate and criteria for each award, along with entry forms and a full description of our jury process is included on our website at https://www.bookawards.sk.ca/awards/award-criteria

In most of the awards, books published on or after November 1, 2018 and no later than October 31, 2019 are eligible. Please be aware that the eligibility date for the Children’s Literature Award is calculated from a publication date of on or after November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2019 as this award is offered every other year. Be sure to check the eligibility requirements for each award entered. 

For more information visit our website at www.saskbooks.sk.ca or contact the SBA office by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 306 569-1585.

 

 

Extended Call for Jurors

 The Saskatchewan Book Awards still has jury vacancies for the following categories:

  • Book of the Year
  • Non-Fiction
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Writing
  • Saskatoon Book Award
  • Regina Book Award
  • Scholarly Book Writing
  • Publishing
  • Publishing in Education
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing

Each jury, except for the Publishing in Education category which must include one Saskatchewan jury member, consists of three members from outside the province to maintain objectivity in the evaluation process.  Eligible jury members include authors (of at least two published books), publishing professionals, professors, teachers and librarians. Each jury member must have professional experience in the category under consideration and maintain confidentiality throughout the evaluation process. The one Saskatchewan juror, selected for the Publishing in Education jury, must also be familiar with Saskatchewan’s school curriculum.

The majority of the work will take place between November 2019 and January 2020, with conference calls to determine the shortlist and winner occurring in January. During the evaluation process, jury members will read the books submitted in their category, select a shortlist and winning title, and provide comments for the shortlisted titles. The SBA offers an honorarium of $15/book with a minimum payment of $150 and a maximum payment of $500. Jurors will also be able to keep books read for the category.

A juror can serve for two years in a row (but in different categories). After serving for two years in a row, a juror must take a break for two years before applying to serve as a juror again.

If interested, please contact the SBA office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and include your name, address, phone number, a brief bio, three possible categories that you would prefer to evaluate, and any relevant information that makes you a good candidate. The SBA reserves the right to match and refer jurors to award categories as needed. 

September 2019 Announcement

2020 Call for Submissions:
Submissions for the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards are now open. The deadline for submissions is no later than 4 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted and returned to sender.

Saskatchewan Book Awards looks forward to receiving your submissions. The mandate and criteria for each award, along with entry forms and a full description of our jury process is included on our website at https://www.bookawards.sk.ca/awards/award-criteria

In most of the awards, books published on or after November 1, 2018 and no later than October 31, 2019 are eligible. Please be aware that the eligibility date for the Children’s Literature Award is calculated from a publication date of on or after November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2019 as this award is offered every other year. Be sure to check the eligibility requirements for each award entered. The Young Adult Literature Award and the Prix du livre français are not being offered in 2020 but will be offered again in 2021.

In 2020, the following Awards will be offered, pending sponsorship:

Book of the Year                              Regina Book                                     Indigenous Peoples’ Writing 

Fiction                                              Saskatoon Book                               Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing

Non-Fiction                                      First Book                                         Publishing in Education

Poetry                                              Children’s Literature                         Publishing

Scholarly Writing             

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. A targeted media campaign and reading events leading up to and following the Awards Ceremony will further promote shortlisted and winning titles. Prize money will be offered, pending sponsorship. Prizes are $2,000, except for Book of the Year, which offers a $3,000 prize.

2019 August Update

Executive Director Search

The submission of applications for SBA's Executive Director position closed August 21. The Board is currently reviewing applications and developing a shortlist for interviews next week. We hope to make an announcement in mid-September regarding the successful candidate for the position.

Words in the Park

The Saskatchewan Book Awards (SBA), in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, co-hosted the last event in the summer lunch hour series of "Words in the Park" on August 14. Regina authors, Edward Willett, Chelsea Coupal and Mark Cote presented an overview of their current work and read from selected passages. Thank you to our funders and sponsors, the City of Regina, Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, Regina Public Library, Saskatchewan Lotteries and SaskCulture, for making this event accessible to the public!

2020 Call for Submissions - Authors and Publishers (Announcement on September 3, 2019)

The Board is currently reviewing the submission criteria for the book and publishing awards. This year, the call for submissions will be for 13 of 14 award categories. Please note that the Prix du livre francais which is awarded every two years was awarded in 2019; the next one will be in 2021.

Also note that the 2020 Call for Submissions will be posted Tuesday, September 3 and will close November 1, 2019.

Call for SBA Board Members (2019-2020)

The SBA is seeking new noard members for 2019-20. We still have 2 vacancies and if you are interested, please contact the SBA office at 306 569-1585.If no one is available to take your call, please leave your name and contact information and you will be contacted the next day.

Summer Office Hours

The SBA office is open Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm. However, if you are planning to come by, please call the office at 306 569-1585 to make sure someone is in.

Call for Jurors

Call for Jurors website

Saskatchewan Book Awards is looking for jury members for the 27th Saskatchewan Book Awards. Eligible jury members include authors (of at least 2 published books), publishing professionals, professors, and librarians. Jury members must reside outside of Saskatchewan.

Jury members will read the books submitted in their category, select a shortlist and winning title, and provide comments for the shortlisted titles. Each jury member must have professional experience in the category under consideration and maintain confidentiality throughout the evaluation process. The majority of the work will take place between November 2019 and January 2020, with conference calls to determine the shortlist and winner occurring in January 2020.

If interested, please contact the SBA office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, address, phone number, a brief bio, and three possible categories that you would prefer to evaluate. 

The categories include: Book of the Year, Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Scholarly, Children’s Literature, First Book, Regina, Saskatoon, Publishing, Publishing in Education, Indigenous Peoples’ Writing, and Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing. Please see our website (www.bookawards.sk.ca) for more information.

 
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