About the Ottawa Book Awards
The Ottawa Book Awards and Prix du livre d’Ottawa recognize the top English and French books published in the previous year. Both awards have separate categories for fiction and non-fiction. All shortlisted finalists receive $1,000 and each winner receives a prize of $7,500.
Since 1985, the Ottawa Book Awards / Le Prix du livre d’Ottawa have paid tribute to our city’s outstanding writers by shining the spotlight on the top English and French books published in the previous year. Join us in celebrating the talent and creativity of our authors past and present, and applaud their remarkable achievements on the world’s literary stage.
Deadline for submission of entries is Monday, January 8, 2018 at 4 p.m. All submissions must be received by the deadline date, or postmarked on that date or earlier. Late submissions will not be accepted.
- Ottawa Book Awards Program Guidelines [PDF - 463KB]
- Author Submission Form
- Publisher Submission Form
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A total of four copies of each book must be submitted to:
City of Ottawa
Ottawa Book Awards
Cultural Funding Support Section
110 Laurier Avenue West (01-49)
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Please note that books will not be returned.
All authors are required to submit a signed submission form attesting to the fact that they meet the program’s eligibility and residency criteria. In cases where books are submitted by the publisher, the author is required to mail the form under separate cover to the address above.
Announcement of Finalists
The 2017 Ottawa Book Awards Finalists were announced on September 18, 2017.
View the 2017 Ottawa Book Awards Finalists.
Public Service Announcement: City announces 2017 Ottawa Book Awards and Prix du livre d’Ottawa finalists
Awards were presented to the winning authors on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall, Jean-Pigott Place, 110 Laurier Ave W.
The Ottawa Book Award and the Prix du livre d’Ottawa were presented. Three $7,500 prizes were awarded to the winning authors in the categories of English fiction, English non-fiction and French Fiction. Due to an insufficient number of entries, there was no award in the category of French Non-Fiction in 2017. Any submissions to this category will be forwarded to the following year’s competition.
The Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry was also presented. This award is administered by Arc Poetry Magazine, and the winner received a $1,500 prize for best book of poetry in the region.
A special thank you to our partners at the Ottawa Public Library / Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa, Ottawa International Writers Festival, L'Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario français and ARC Poetry Magazine for their collaboration in this year's event.
For specific information on the submission process, or to discuss eligibility, contact:
613-580-2424 ext. 28517
For general information or to request submission forms, contact:
613-580-2424 ext. 29404