What we’re looking for

We’re not looking for the next Pulitzer Prize contender or stories you need a PhD in Classical Studies to understand.

We’re looking for great books that are worthy of telling our friends about. We’re looking for thought-provoking stories that prompt insightful conversations. We’re looking for poetry that makes us feel the rhythm in its words, books that can guide us and children’s books that our kids ask for before falling asleep.

Give us what readers want. A damn good book.

Book Submission Criteria

Eligibility

  • Self-published, traditionally published and hybrid-published books are welcome
  • Books must be published in English
  • Books must be published within the last 10 years (2002-2022)
  • Authors must have the copyright to their book
  • Books must be published and available for purchase in physical form on Amazon (ebook-only publications are not eligible)

Categories *6 New Categories!*

There are 11 categories in the 2022 awards: 

  • Non-fiction
  • Fiction
  • Business/Self-Help
  • Spirituality/Wellness
  • Children/Kids
  • Cookbooks 
  • Thriller
  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi
  • Romance
  • YA
  • Poetry

*Please note, CBCA reserves the right to re-categorize submitted titles based on their content/genre.

Illustration of a stack of books.

Book Submission Criteria

Eligibility

  • Self-published, traditionally published and hybrid-published books are welcome
  • Books must be published in English
  • The book must be published within the last six years (2002-2022)
  • Authors must have the copyright to their book
  • Books must be published and available for purchase in physical form (ebook-only publications are not eligible)

Prizes

All Entries Receive

  • CBCA social media exposure with links to purchase copies of submitted books on Amazon
  • @TheCanadianBookClubAwards social media coverage
  • 2022 CBCA GoodReads Reading list

Finalists Receive

  • 100 award stickers labelling the author’s book as a “Finalist of The Canadian Book Club Awards”
  • Digital award sticker to be added to book’s cover
  • Mention in CBCA media coverage announcing all finalists
  • @TheCanadianBookClubAwards social media coverage

Winners Receive

  • Exclusive podcast interview featuring the author
  • 100 award stickers labelling the author’s book as a “Winner of The Canadian Book Club Awards”
  • Digital award sticker to be added to book’s cover
  • Media coverage announcing all finalists
  • Social media coverage from @TheCanadianBookClubAwards and their sponsors

Selection Process & Judges

All entries will be judged by the Canadian Book Awards Avid Reader Group. This group of book-loving Canadians varies in careers, age, ethnicities and backgrounds. The Avid Reader Group is responsible for electing the final three books in each category.

Finalist books will be judged by book clubs across Canada who will read and review each book in their chosen category. Book clubs will vote for their #1, #2 and #3 choices. Once the finalists are announced, the book clubs will have three months to read and vote on their decision.

Submission deadline: September 6, 2022

Finalists announced: September 12, 2022

Winners announced: December 30, 2022

Illustration of The Canadian Book Club Award Winner and Finalist Stickers

Ready to Submit Your Book?

Fill in the form at the link below to provide us with details about your book. Authors must provide a digital copy of their book for judging.

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To finish your submission, complete the payment of $99.99 CAD to finish your entry into the 2020 Canadian Book Club Awards!

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Book Club Registration

Do you like free books? Interested in judging the finalist’s books? Each member of your book club will receive free digital copies of the finalist’s books. Sign up your book club below!

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