Governor General's Literary Awards
Awards to Canada Authors, Illustrators, and
Translators for Outstanding Literary Works
Translators for Outstanding Literary Works
Foundation / Corporation
Canada Council for the Arts
08/01/17 Receipt - Books Published in English Only
Awards of $25,000 to Canada authors, illustrators, and translators to recognize outstanding literary works published within the country. Nominations will be accepted for recently-published works in either English or French. There will be seven awards in each of the two language categories.
The award categories include Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People’s Literature (Text), Young People’s Literature (Illustrated Books) and Translation (from French to English).
There will be 14 awards; one per book for recipients in both languages in the seven disciplines. In each category, there will be one winner and up to five finalists.
The creator (author and/or illustrator or translator, depending on the relevant category) of each winning book receives $25,000. In addition, publishers of winning titles receive a $3,000 grant for the promotion of the award-winning book.
In each category, there are up to five finalists. Each non-winning finalist receives $1,000.
In the case of co-authors or co-translators for the same book, the prize award amount is split equally.
For the Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books category, $25,000 for the winning book is split equally between the author and the illustrator. $1,000 is split equally between the author and the illustrator for each of the non-winning shortlisted books. If there are co-authors, half of the amount is split equally between them. The same rule applies to co-illustrators.
Eligibility of Publishers:
Only eligible book publishers can submit titles for consideration. Publishers must:
-Publish books based on an editorial selection process
-Have at least four literary titles in print and be committed to a sustained trade book publishing program, consisting of titles by a variety of authors
-Pay royalties or financially compensate the author, illustrator or translator for any submitted title
-Use appropriate and effective means to market, distribute and create public awareness of their titles
-Meet basic professional standards of publishing.
The publisher may publish a maximum of 25% each year of publications written, illustrated or translated by owners, family or employees of the publishing house.
Books may be published in Canada or abroad. Foreign or new publishers must provide information that confirms they meet the criteria detailed above, a historical background, a catalogue of their published titles and a list of Canadian distributors.
The Young People’s Literature - Text category recognizes the best book for children or young adults with few or no illustrations. Eligible works in the genres of fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry will be considered in this category. Illustrations should occupy less than 30% of the book’s space.
The Young People’s Literature - Illustrated Books category recognizes the best illustrated book for children or young adults. Eligible illustrated books, including picture books, graphic novels and works of fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry will be considered in this category. Original illustrations should occupy at least 30% of the book’s space.
An eligible adaptation is the new form of a literary work, a free interpretation of an existing text that has been modified enough to transform it into an original new work. An adaptation should bring the original work to another literary genre than that for which it was originally intended.
Eligibility of Titles:
The award is for literary and artistic excellence; publishers should submit only books that they deem to be outstanding in these regards.
-Books must be first Canadian or first foreign edition trade books.
-Books must have been written or translated by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. They do not need to be residing in Canada. In the Translation category, the original work, written in French, must also be a Canadian-authored title. In the Illustrated Books category, both the author and the illustrator must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
-English titles must be published and be available on the market between September 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.
-The main language of all books must be English.
-All books must have an ISBN, be distributed in Canada and be available in Canadian bookstores.
-All books must have a print run of at least 350 copies.
-All books must have at least 48 pages between the covers, except for children’s illustrated books which must have a minimum of 24 printed pages.
-All short stories, essays, poems and plays may have been previously published in magazines.
The Canada Council reserves the right to ask the publisher for supplementary information to determine eligibility.
-Each book may be submitted in only one category
-Books that have been written and published in French and in English may be submitted in only one of the two languages.
Ineligible Titles Include:
-Books that were already submitted to the Governor General’s Literary Awards
-Works containing material that has previously been short-listed for a Governor General’s Literary Award
-Books that do not contain new material. To be eligible in the Illustrated Books category, books must include new text and new illustrations.
-Reprints or new format reprints of any kind
-Spiral bound books
-Books for which the author, illustrator or translator contributed financially towards the publication costs.
-Textbooks or instruction guides, academic, scholarly and other specialized publications, educational books, academic theses, conference proceedings, coffee-table books, how-to and self-help books, autobiographies that focus on self-actualization or self-improvement, guide books, cookbooks, exhibition catalogues, film scripts, testimonials, journals, transcripts of interviews, collected letters, directories, reference books or bibliographies, and books of minimal critical content
-Anthologies and collections of texts by more than one author (normally under the direction of an editor)
-Graphic novels, except for titles intended for children or young adults which can be submitted to the Young People’s Literature - Illustrated Books category
-Books whose author and/or illustrator or translator (depending on the relevant category) was deceased at the time of publication
-Books submitted to the Young People’s Literature - Text category in which illustrations occupy a significant portion of the book (approximately 30% of the book’s space or more)
-Books submitted to the Young People’s Literature - Illustrated Books category in which there are few or no illustrations
-Books submitted to the Young People’s Literature - Illustrated Books category for which both the illustrator and the author are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents
-Books that have been translated from a language other than one of Canada’s two official languages.
Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a publisher.
Publishers must submit books as early as possible to ensure that members of the peer assessment committees have sufficient reading time.
Books published in English:
-Books published in English between September 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017 must reach the Canada Council no later than March 15, 2017.
-Books published between March 1, 2017 and May 15, 2017 must reach the Canada Council no later than June 1, 2017.
-Books and bound proofs published between May 16, 2017 and September 30, 2017 must reach the Canada Council no later than August 1, 2017.
Books published in French:
-Books published in French between July 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017 must reach the Canada Council no later than March 15, 2017.
-For books published in French between March 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, the deadline is July 7, 2017.
Please consult the guidelines written in French or contact the program officer indicated below for further information regarding submission of books published in French.
If these dates fall on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
Books must reach the Canada Council for the Arts by the deadline date.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Lori Knoll, Program Officer
613-566-4414, ext. 5573
Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin Street
P.O. Box 1047 Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Fax: (613) 566-4390
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