Days the SBA will be closed over the Holiday Season!

To Saskatchewan Book Awards many Friends our office will be closed from Tueday, December 24, 2019 to Thursday, January 2, 2020. The office will reopen on Friday, January 23, 2020.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the SBA Board, Executive Director, and volunteers!


Shortlist Announcement Feb 14 and the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards takes place April 25, 2020!

The Saskatchewan Book Awards will be announcing its "Shortlist" for the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards on Friday, February 14, at Noon. The announcement will occur simultaneously at the Regina Public Library and the Saskatoon Public Library. It will be the beginning of a year-long celebration of Saskatchewan literary and publishing excellence. Stay tuned!

Furthermore, the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Once again, it will take place in Regina at the Conexus Arts Centre. Come celebrate literary excellence with some of Saskatchewan's (and Canada's) best writers and publishers. Stay tuned for when tickets go on sale. Don't miss out!

Saskatchewan Arts Board Awards Night: Monday November 4

On Monday, November 4, ED Kam Teo, board chair, Donna Woloshyn, and board member, Jack Walton, attended the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s (SAB) Annual Gala, which took place in Saskatoon, at the Persephone Theatre. The Saskatchewan Book Awards were nominated in the Leadership-Organizational Award category. The SAB Award was won by Common Weal Community Arts. The third nominee was Paved Arts, Saskatoon. To be nominated for a Saskatchewan Arts Board Award is already an honour. Saskatoon board member, Jack Walton, also enjoyed the evening’s festivities.

SBA Author Readings at the Saskatchewan Legislature: October 30, 2019.

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Legislative Librarian, Melissa Bennett, arranged for the SBA, to once again, co-host a noon hour reading by three SBA award winning authors at the Legislative Library. SBA's new Executive Director, Kam Teo, moderated the event.

Reading from his book, Clifford, Harold R Johnson, recipient of the SBA's 2019 University of Saskatchewn Non-Fiction Award, delves into a personal memoir and reflection on the relationship between himself and his charismatic younger brother who passed away.

Valerie Korinek, recipient of SBA's 2019 Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award, read excerpts from her book, Prairie Fairies. Her book  which is based on immersive research, "paints a broad and authentic picture of LGBTQ2S life and experience on the prairies from the Depression to the mid 1980s". 

Arthur Slade's reading featured excerpts from Crimson, a book that won him the SBA's 2019 G. Murray and Edna Forbes Young Adult Literature Award. Slade's dark edged fantasy takes "readers into a world of wild magic immersing them in a story that flows with the otherworldly feel of a myth or legend, one built on the model of medieval Asia".

Approximately 70 people, including members of the Legislative Assembly and the general public, enjoyed the reading and the luncheon provided by the Legislative Library.

Following the event, all three authors along the SBA's Chairperson, Donna Woloshyn, and Executive Director, Kam Teo, were introduced at the afternoon opening of Saskatchewan's Legislative Assembly.

The SBA also wishes to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the grant provided to SBA to make these readings avialable to the public.






October 2019 Announcements


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.



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

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.



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



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

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 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.