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2018 Criteria Package Available

Criteria Package

The criteria package for the 2018 Saskatchewan Book Awards is now available. Books can be submitted by either the author or the publisher. Please read through the call for entries to determine your eligibility and begin planning your submission.

Submissions will open on September 1, 2017 for books that were published on or after November 2, 2016 and no later than October 31, 2017, except in the case of the Children's Literature Award, which is open to books that were published on or after November 2, 2015 and no later than October 31, 2017. 

If you have any questions, please contact the SBA office at 306-569-1585 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Call for Jurors

Call for Jurors

Saskatchewan Book Awards is looking for jury members for the 25th 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 2017 and January 2018, with conference calls to determine the shortlist and winner occurring in January.

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 award categories include: Book of the Year, Regina Book, Saskatoon Book, Children's Literature, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Scholarly, Publishing in Education, Publishing, Indigenous Peoples' Publishing, Indigenous Peoples' Writing, First Book. 

Mark Your Calendars!

25th Ceremony

Mark your calendars for 2018! Next year's Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

Festival of Words

The Festival of Words in Moose Jaw is coming up this weekend! Don't miss this year's Festival, which will feature many of our shortlisted authors, as well as a special session on Saturday afternoon with four winners: Dwayne Brenna, Terry Jordan, David Gane, and Angie Counios. 

Submissions Open

Submissions will open for the 2018 awards on September 1, 2017. Check back on our website for more information in the coming months!

We Need Your Feedback!

We need your feedback centered

Did you attend the 24th Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony? We would love to hear from you! Please fill out our short survey with your comments and suggestions. Your feedback helps us tailor future events for you. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Festival of Words

It's almost summer, which means it's almost time for the Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw! Don't miss this year's Festival, which will feature many of our shortlisted authors, as well as a special session on Saturday afternoon with four winners: Dwayne Brenna, Terry Jordan, David Gane, and Angie Counios.

Thank You

We are incredibly grateful to our 2016/2017 Board members. We would especially like to thank Daniel Parr, who has retired as Chair after six years on the Board. Austin Davis will take his place, with Léa Bealieu Prpick as the Vice-Chair. Welcome to our new and returning Board members!

The 2017/2018 Board:
Austin Davis, Chair
Léa Beaulieu Prpick, Vice-Chair
Donna Woloshyn, Secretary
Denise Leduc, Treasurer
Vijay Kachru
Kali McDonald
Jack Walton
Joe Couture
Lindsay Baker
Robin Ganev
Troni Grande

Announcing the 2017 Award Winners

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Awards for Writers

Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (Penguin Random House)

Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award
New Albion by Dwayne Brenna (Coteau Books)

University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award
A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser (Fifth House Publishers)

Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Award
Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

O’Reilly Insurance and The Co-operators First Book Award
Along Comes a Wolfe by Angie Counios and David Gane (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)

Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award
Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)

Young Adult Literature Award
The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie (Second Story Press)

City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (Penguin Random House)

City of Regina Book Award
Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Herriot (University of Regina Press)

Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award
No Free Man: Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience by Bohdan S. Kordan (McGill Queen’s University Press)

Prix du livre français
La voix de mon père by Madeleine Blais-Dahlem (Éditions de la nouvelle plume)

Awards for Publishers

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport Publishing Award
University of Regina Press for Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Herriot

Advancing Education Award for Publishing in Education
University of Regina Press for Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry presented by the League of Canadian Poets

Indigenous Peoples’ Publishing Award
Coteau Books for Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe

 
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