As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, the 2020 Toronto Book Awards submission deadline is postponed until July 31.

Important Dates & Information

  • Submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Toronto Book Awards
  • Deadline for Submissions: July 31
  • Award: $15,000 in prize money: finalists receive $1,000 and the winning author is awarded $10,000
  • The Awards will produce retrospective programming for The Word on the Street Toronto Festival which is transitioning to an online platform on September 26 and 27
  • Winners of the 2020 Toronto Book Award will be announced in an online presentation on November 30 (details to be announced).
  • Submission must contain some clear Toronto content (this may be reflected in the themes, settings, subjects, etc.), but authors do not necessarily have to reside in Toronto.
  • Books must be published between June 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.
  • Fiction and non-fiction books published in English for adults and/or children that are evocative of Toronto.
  • 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 work should be accessible to a general reading audience (i.e., not written for a specialized or academic audience).
  • Ebooks, textbooks, self-published works and ghostwritten works are not eligible.
  • Reprinted material will be considered provided it is augmented by new, original work.
  • Publish books based on an editorial selection process.
  • Be committed to a sustained book publishing program, consisting of titles by a variety of authors. Self-published books are not eligible.
  • Pay royalties or financially compensate the author, illustrator or translator for any submitted title.
  • Publish no more than 25 per cent each year of works by owners, family or employees of the publishing house.
  • Publishers must guarantee their author’s participation in at least two of three official Toronto Book Awards events.
  • Publishers must include a brief description of how/why the book is evocative of Toronto.
  • There are no entry forms to complete.
  • Submit six copies of the book you consider eligible, along with your name, address, phone number and email address to the submission contact below.
  • Submission must include a brief description of how/why the book is evocative of Toronto.

Send your submission to:

Christopher Jones
Cultural Development Officer
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
East Tower, 9th floor
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2