Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour books of literary merit that are inspired by the city. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money with shortlisted authors receiving $1,000 each and the winner taking home $10,000.

There are no separate categories: novels, short story collections, books of poetry, books on history, politics and social issues, biographies, books about sports, children’s and young adult books, graphic novels and photographic collections are judged together.

2021 Toronto Book Awards

Honouring authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto.

2021 Submission Information & Eligibility

Important dates and qualification information to be considered for a Toronto Book Award.

Past Winners

The names of winning authors and book titles are engraved in paving stones in the Toronto Book Garden.