Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Toronto Book Awards submission period has been extended to include books published between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.
Important Dates & Information
Submissions for the 2021 Toronto Book Awards will be accepted beginning January 4, 2021.
Deadline for Submissions: April 30 (for books published between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021).
Award: $15,000 in prize money; finalists receive $1,000 and the winning author is awarded $10,000.
The 2021 Toronto Book Award ceremony will be held at the Toronto Public Library in October 2021.
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 March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.
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:
Cultural Development Officer
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
East Tower, 9th floor
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2