What we’re looking for

Writing a book: 2+ years
Publishing a book: 1-2 years
Giving it a chance to become an award winner: $99
Becoming an award-winning author? Priceless.

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, business/self-help 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.

Illustration of a stack of books.

Book Submission Criteria


  • 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 (2014-2021)
  • 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)


There are five categories in the 2021 awards you can enter your book into.

  • Non-fiction
  • Fiction
  • Business/Self-Help
  • Spirituality/Wellness
  • Children/Kids


All Entries Receive

  • An Amazon.ca and GoodReads (if applicable) review from a member of our Avid Reader Group
  • @TheCanadianBookClubAward social media coverage

Finalists Receive

  • A certificate validating the author’s right to brand their title as “Top 3 Best Books of 2020 by Canadian Book Clubs”
  • 100 award stickers labelling the author’s book as a “Finalist of The Canadian Book Club Awards”
  • Amazon.ca and GoodReads reviews (if applicable) by each book club in their category
  • Mention in press releases announcing all finalists
  • @TheCanadianBookClubAwards social media coverage

First Place Receives

  • 100 first-place stickers listing “Winner of The Canadian Book Club Awards”
  • Amazon.ca and GoodReads reviews by each book club in their category
  • A feature in the press release announcing all finalists
  • @TheCanadianBookClubAwards social media coverage

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 and are 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 16, 2020

Finalists announced: September 30, 2020

Winners announced: December 30, 2020

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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