Submissions Open for 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards

Saskatchewan Book Awards is now open for submissions to the 2017 awards competition. The Call for Entries is available for download on our website. Once you're ready to submit, please use our online entry form. Copies of the book and a cheque for the submissions fee must be sent to the office at 315-1102 8th Ave, Regina, SK S4R 1C9. Submission fees are used for the administrative costs of processing the submissions and are therefore non-refundable. Submissions will close on Tuesday, November 1.

This year, there are 14 categories, including: Book of the Year, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Saskatoon Book, Regina Book, First Book, Poetry, Indigenous Peoples’ Writing, Young Adult Literature, Scholarly Writing, Publishing, Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing, Publishing in Education, and the Prix du livre français. The Children’s Literature Award is not being offered in 2017 but will be offered again in 2018.

The shortlist will be announced in February 2017 and award winners will be announced on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Contact the Saskatchewan Book Awards at 306-569-1585 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


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Changes to the Poetry Award Criteria

The 2017 Call for Entries was released on August 2, 2016 with changes to the Poetry Award criteria. The changes indicated that co-authored books and anthologies would be eligible for the Poetry Award. The SBA office has since received feedback from the poetry community that the inclusion of anthologies is neither warranted nor wanted.

In 2015, a co-authored poetry book was submitted to the Book Awards that highlighted a gap in the criteria. At the Annual General Meeting in May, the board voted to change the criteria of the Poetry Award to allow books by more than one author to be eligible. Upon reviewing the motion made by the board at the AGM, we believe the intention was to make books by no more than two authors eligible. As such, the Criteria of the Poetry Award has been adjusted to reflect this decision. Books by one or two authors, but not anthologies, will be eligible for the Poetry Award. Submissions will open on September 1st.

Saskatchewan Book Awards deeply values the authors and publishers we support and celebrate, and we want our criteria to reflect this principle. SBA apologizes for any inconvenience that these changes may have caused, and appreciates the patience and support of our authors and publishers. Please contact the SBA office directly with any questions or concerns.

Next Year's Ceremony

Mark your calendars! The 24th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Submissions will open in September. Keep an eye on our website for the Call for Entries, which will be posted later this summer.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey about the 2016 Awards Ceremony.

Recently, the SBA Board discussed the possibility of alternating the Awards Ceremony between Regina and Saskatoon. The survey found that 56% of people who responded felt that the Awards Ceremony should alternate between Regina and Saskatoon, but when they were asked if they would attend in Saskatoon, only 41% said they would attend. Many of the respondents were hesitant about a potential move due to the financial and logistical difficulties it would present. While the Board believes that alternating between the two cities is an excellent goal to work towards, SBA will continue to build our resources and find new ways to reach out to our audience in Saskatoon before making such a move.

Summer Hours

The SBA office will be closed on July 1 for Canada Day. We will reopen on July 6. Our summer hours will be reduced (Mon-Wed, 10-5), so please call ahead before visiting the office.

Upcoming Events

Tara Gereaux and Gerry Hill will be reading in Victoria Park on Wednesday, July 6th at noon for the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild's Words in the Park.

Words in the Park SWG

SBA shortlisted authors and winners, both past and present, will be presenting at the 2016 Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw July 14th-17th. More information can be found

SBA will have a featured panel on Saturday, July 16 at 1:30 pm in the Moose Jaw Art Museum Theatre with Elizabeth Philips, Cassidy McFadzean, and Connie Gault.

Festival of Words

Welcome to New Board Members

SBA is delighted to welcome six new board members: Lindsay Baker, Kali McDonald, Joe Couture, Giles Woodward, Léa Prpick, and Denise Leduc. They join Daniel Parr (returning Chair), Austin Davis (returning Vice-Chair), and Vijay Kachru on the 2016/2017 Board. You can find out more about them on our website.

Sponsorship Information

Saskatchewan Book Awards is looking for new sponsors. We have many exciting opportunities available for individuals and organizations who want to make a difference in the literary community. For more information, get in touch with Courtney Bates-Hardy at 306-569-1585 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Congratulations to the 2016 Book Awards Winners!


Awards for Writers

University of Regina Book of the Year Award
A Beauty by Connie Gault (McClelland & Stewart)

Rasmussen, Rasmussen and Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples' Writing Award
nakamowin'sa for the seasons by Rita Bouvier (Thistledown Press)

Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award
A Beauty by Connie Gault (McClelland & Stewart)

O'Reilly Insurance and The Co-operators First Book Award
Hacker Packer by Cassidy McFadzean (McClelland & Stewart)

University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award
#Idlenomore and the Remaking of Canada by Ken Coates (University of Regina Press)

Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award
Bedlam Cowslip by Jeanette Lynes (Wolsak and Wynn)

City of Regina Book Award
Hacker Packer by Cassidy McFadzean (McClelland & Stewart)

City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award
The Afterlife of Birds by Elizabeth Philips (Freehand Books)

University of Regina Arts and Luther College Award for Scholarly Writing
The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures by Mareike Neuhaus (University of Regina Press)

SaskEnergy Children's Literature Award
My First Métis Lobstick by Leah Marie Dorion (Gabriel Dumont Institute Press)

Awards for Publishers

University of Regina Faculty of Education and Campion College Award for Publishing in Education
University of Regina Press for Children of the Broken Treaty by Charlie Angus

Regina Public Library Aboriginal Peoples' Publishing Award
Purich Publishing for Nationhood Interrupted by Sylvia McAdam

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award
University of Regina Press for Children of the Broken Treaty by Charlie Angus

Be Our Guest!

Tickets on sale for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards

As of April 1st our early bird prices are no longer available, but luckily tickets for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony can still be purchased until April 27th!

We are thrilled to announce that Muslims for Peace and Justice in Saskatchewan is the new sponsor for the 2016 Fiction Award! We are so grateful to have the support of yet another incredible Saskatchewan-based organization.

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Join us for the second Shortlist Reading tonight at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon! The third Shortlist Reading is on Friday, April 15!

writes of spring

Sask Book Awards is pleased to partner with the Regina Public Library on their Readers' and Writers' Summit, April 28-May 2! Register on their website.

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