Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money: finalists receive $1,000 and the winning author is awarded $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.

The 2020 Toronto Books Awards is now accepting submissions; please see eligibility criteria for details.

The 2020 Toronto Book Awards will be handed out in October at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library. For a list of past winners please see Toronto Book Garden.

2020 Toronto Book Awards

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

2020 Submission Information & Eligibility

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

Toronto Book Garden

A garden that features the names of winning authors and book titles engraved in paving stones.