Saskatchewan Book Awards (SBA) looks forward to receiving your submissions for the 2024 award season. Submissions for the 2024 Saskatchewan Book Awards will be accepted starting Friday, September 1, 2023. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 3, 2023. Eligible books accepted for adjudication will be considered for 13 book prizes awarded in May 2024.
Please note the Saskatchewan Book Awards will consider accepting late submissions after November 3, 2023 up to November 17, 2023, providing the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Book Awards is contacted in advance of the closing deadline for submissions (November 3, 2023) and approval is given by SBA to submit a late submission. Pending SBA approval for late submissions, a penalty fee of $40 in addition to $60 entry fee, or $100 per entry will apply for late submissions. No submissions after November 17, 2023 will be considered for adjudication in the 2024 award season.
Keep in mind that the criteria change from year to year so be sure to check the eligibility requirements for each award entered. For all of the awards, except the Children's Literature Award, books published on or after November 1, 2022 and no later than October 31, 2023 are eligible. Please note that the eligibility date for the Children's Literature Award is calculated from a publication date of on or after November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2023 as this award is offered in every two years. The Young Adult Literature Award and Le Prix du livre français will not be offered again until 2025.
For a complete description of the criteria for each award category and how to make your submission online, go to: SBA's 2024 Call for Submissions and Entry Guidelines
The online Entry Form for 2024 Submissions is now available at: 2024 Entry Form
For those who prefer to submit their entry form by mail rather than online,the 2024 SBA Entry Form, included in Appendix A on page 29 of the document, can be printed and mailed to the SBA office along with your payment and book copies.
For further information, contact :
Acting Executive Director
Saskatchewan Book Awards
314 – 1102 8th Avenue
Regina, SK S4R 1C9
Office Tel: 306-569-1585
Join us for the 30th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Book Awards as we celebrate Saskatchewan writers and publishers!
The 2023 Saskatchewan Book Awards Gala will be held at the Saskatoon Inn, in Saskatoon, SK on Thursday, May 4. The event starts at 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 6:00 pm. This incredible evening will feature prizes, delectable desserts at intermission and, of course, awards!
This year’s shortlist announcement will be made on March 24, 2023 at the Regina Public Library. For more information on that event or to see the shortlist after it is announced, visit the Saskatchewan Book Awards website.
We are honoured to announce Danny Knight as our Saskatchewan Book Awards Gala emcee!
Danny Knight is an Actor/Comedian/Musician who is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Muskoday First Nation. Past sound design credits include A Christmas Story (Persephone theatre), Saltwater Moon (Rosthern Arts Centre), and the Rez Christmas series (Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre). You can find his band Nightswitch on Spotify as well as his podcast, Real Deadly, co-hosted by Shawn Cuthand.
Tickets to the Saskatchewan Book Awards Gala are available for $75 per person. Ticket sales close on April 21, 2023. Tickets are non-refundable.
The shortlist announcement will be made by RPL Writer-in-Residence, Pam Bustin.
The announcement will take place in person on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 12:00 pm on the second-floor mezzanine at the RPL Central Branch (2311 - 12th Avenue) and online.
The online presentation will be available to stream live through YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF_IuZX616A
SBA Awards Ceremony - June 23, 2022
The 2022 SBA Winners are listed below! or PDF: 2022_SK_Book_Awards_Winners_Press_Release.pdf
AWARDS FOR AUTHORS:
Ministry of Parks, Culture, and Sport First Book Award:
Only If We’re Caught (Thistledown Press) by Theressa Slind
University of Saskatchewan, President’s Office, Non-Fiction Award:
Bread & Water: Essays (University of Regina Press) by dee Hobsbawn Smith
SK Arts Poetry Award Honouring Anne Szumigalski:
awâsis — kinky and disheveled (Brick Books) by Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer
University of Regina Faculty of Arts/University of Saskatchewan College of Arts and Science Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award:
Intimate Integration: A History of the Sixties Scoop and the Colonization of Indigenous Kinship (University of Toronto Press) by Allyson D. Stevenson
City of Saskatoon/Saskatoon Public Library Saskatoon Award:
Probably Ruby (Doubleday Canada), by Lisa Bird-Wilson
City of Regina Regina Award:
Little Housewolf (Signal Editions), by Medrie Purdham
Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award:
Intimate Integration: A History of the Sixties Scoop and the Colonization of Indigenous Kinship
(University of Toronto Press) by Allyson D. Stevenson
G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Children’s Award:
The Girl with the Cat (Red Deer Press) by Beverley Brenna (Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan)
Saskatchewan Book Awards Fiction Award:
August Into Winter (McClelland & Stewart) by Guy Vanderhaeghe
Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award Honouring Mary Sutherland:
Probably Ruby (Doubleday Canada) by Lisa Bird-Wilson
AWARDS FOR PUBLISHERS:
Creative Saskatchewan Publishing Award:
University of Regina Press for
Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett
by Michael Nest with Deanna Reder and Eric Bell
SaskBooks Publishing in Education Award:
University of Regina for
Mācī-Anihināpēmowin / Beginning Saulteaux by L. Lynn Cote & Margaret R. Cote
Saskatoon Public Library Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing Award:
GDI Press for
20.12 m: A Short Story Collection of a Life as a Road Allowance Métis by Arnolda Dufour Bowes