Important Dates and Information

  • The 2019 Toronto Book Awards winners will be announced at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library on October 2.
  • Award: $15,000 in prize money: finalists receive $1,000 and the winning author is awarded $10,000.
  • The Awards produce a full day programs at Word on the Street Toronto Festival at Harbourfront Centre in September.
  • A special Toronto Public Library reading will be announced soon.
  • Deadline for Submissions: April 30.
  • 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, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Publishers may submit galleys in lieu of published books for May 2019 releases.
  • 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