Announcements - SBA Staff Changes and Summer Office Hours

Staff Change

SBA's current Executive Director, Courtney Bates-Hardy, has resigned and is moving to an exciting new opportunity at Regina Public Library as their new Event Coordinator!

Courtney has been with the SBA for a little over four years, and through her leadership and work with the board and our community partners, has done outstanding work in promoting the Saskatchewan Book Awards' mission to:

               "recognize, celebrate and reward the excellence of Saskatchewan authors and publishers, building greater awareness and appreciation of Saskatchewan books, and increasing reader engagement".

The SBA Board of Directors met on July 17, 2019 and has developed a transition plan until such time we can hire a new Executive Director. As SBA's Chairperson, I, along with the support of board members, will be taking on the administrative duties until the Executive Director's position is filled, hopefully by the end of September. We will be posting the position on our website next week.


Summer Hours

Please note the following summer office hours:

  • OPEN  half days in the afternoon Monday to Friday from July 23 to August 30 (1 pm to 4 pm).
  • CLOSED August 1 to 11 inclusive for vacation leave; responses to all inquiries will be made August 12th - 16th.

Finally, on behalf of the board may I extend my congratulations to Courtney and a huge thank-you for all her time, commitment, and excellence in the way in which she represented SBA and carried out her position duties. It has been a pleasure to work with her and though we will miss her dearly, I know she has a promising future and will be valued wherever her career takes her.

Cheers and happy summer days ahead!


Donna Woloshyn, Chairperson

Saskatchewan Book Awards



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 ( for more information.

Congratulations to the 2019 Award Winners!

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Winner of the Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award!


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Winner of the Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award!



Winner of the University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award!


Winner of the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award!


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Winner of the Rasmussen, Rasmussen and Charowsky Indigenous Peoples' Writing Award!


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Winner of the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Young Adult Literature Award!


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Winner of the Prix du livre français!


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Winner of the City of Regina Book Award!


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Winner of the Saskatoon Public Library and City of Saskatoon Book Award!


Never Rub Noses with a Narwhal

Winner of the First Book Award! 



Winner of the Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award!

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Winner of the SaskBooks Publishing in Education Award



Winner of the Saskatoon Public Library Indigenous Peoples' Publishing Award


Antigone Undone BIG WEB

Winner of the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award!



Call for Board Members

Call for Board Members

Saskatchewan Book Awards is seeking to fill three vacancies on the Board of Directors for its AGM in May. Members from Saskatoon are welcome, and would participate in meetings via conference call. The board meets eight times per year, plus committee meetings. Please contact Courtney Bates-Hardy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 306-569-1585) for more information. 

Awards Ceremony Tickets Now on Sale!

26th Awards Ceremony

Early bird and student tickets are now on sale for the 26th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony, and they are selling fast. Tickets are $60 until the end of March. On March 31st, ticket prices go up to $75, while student prices remain at $30 until April 24th. Be sure to get your tickets early! Ticket sales end on April 24th.

Celebrate 26 years of excellence in writing and publishing in Saskatchewan at the 2019 Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony. The evening will be hosted by Victor Sawa, one of Canada's top music conductors, frequently dubbed the "modern renaissance man" for his wide variety of interests and experiencesTerrence Littletent, a World-Renowned hoop dancer as well as an educator, producer and performer, will perform at the ceremony. You’ll also enjoy door prizes, book sales, and a silent auction. Don't miss this fantastic event!

Tickets can be purchased through our website or by sending a cheque to Saskatchewan Book Awards at 315-1102 8th Ave, Regina, SK S4R 1C9.  

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