The deadline to submit books for consideration for the 45th Toronto Book Awards is April 30. Submission information and eligibility criteria is now available.


Toronto Book Awards’ five-panel committee will evaluate the submissions. The awards offer $15,000 in prize money: finalists receive $1,000 and the winning author is awarded $10,000. The awards partner with Diaspora Dialogues to provide a full day of finalist readings and discussions at Word on the Street, on September 22 at Harbourfront Centre.

An additional finalist reading will be featured as part of the City’s Cultural Hotspot on September 25 at Albion Library.

The award winner will be announced on October 2 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library.

2019 Toronto Book Awards Jury:

Writer Sarah HagiSarah Hagi is a writer whose work has appeared in GQ, The Cut, Flare, National Post, The Guardian, The Verge and​ other publications.

Canisia LubrinCanisia Lubrin is a writer, critic, professor, poet and editor. Originally from St. Lucia, Lubrin now lives in Whitby, Ontario. Her first collection of poems, Voodoo Hypothesis, was published in 2017 by Wolsak & Wynn. She was a contributor to The Unpublished City, a finalist for the 2018 Toronto Book Award.

Vicky MochamaVicky Mochama is a former national columnist for Star Metro and the co-editor of the bestselling Canadaland Guide to Canada. She is the host of Safe Space, a podcast about Canadian news and politics. She is a columnist on race, immigration and Canadian politics.

2019 Toronto Book Awards juror Damian TarnopolskyDamian Tarnopolsky is the author of Goya’s Dog and Lanzmann and Other Stories. His work has been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, First Novel Award, the Journey Prize, and the CBC Literary Award, and his essays and reviews have appeared in The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Review of Books, and elsewhere. He teaches writing to health practitioners with the Centre for Faculty Development at the University of Toronto and at Massey College, where he is the Barbara Moon Fellow. He also owns and operates Slingsby and Dixon, an editing company.

Daniel ViolaDaniel Viola is features editor and sometime writer at The Walrus.