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Alberta Literary Competitions FAQ

Alberta Literary Awards and Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize FAQ

Are self-published books eligible for the awards?

Yes, self-published books are eligible for the Alberta Literary Awards and the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize as long as they have an ISBN (i.e. the book is commercially available). 

Is a new revised edition of a previously published book or short piece eligible?

The awards are intended to recognize new work. A book or short piece that has been published in previous years and republished in the year of eligibility is not a new work and is not eligible for the awards, even if revisions have been made to the text.

There are the following exceptions:

  • New books entered into the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction or the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry may contain short stories or poems that have been previously published. The collection of short stories or poems in book form is considered a new work.
  • A play published in book form is eligible for the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama if it received its premiere publication in a previous year, as long as the unpublished version of the play has not been entered into the award in any previous year. If an unpublished play has had its first public performance in a previous year and has had a public performance of a revised version in the year of eligibility, the revised version is not eligible unless it has also been published in book form for the first time in the year of eligibility. 

Can a book written by more than one author be entered? What if one of the authors does not meet the residency requirements?

Multi-authored anthologies, as in a collection of works from many different authors, are not eligible for any of the awards. A co-authored book, as in one in which two or more authors worked on the entirety of the text together, is eligible. If one or more of the authors meet the Alberta residence requirements but the others do not, the book is still eligible for the Alberta Literary Awards, but the prize will only be awarded to the Alberta author(s).

The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize does not have a residency requirement. Books that are about Edmonton, published in Edmonton, or written by an author of Edmonton or Greater Edmonton may be entered into The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize.

How should short pieces be formatted? Should the author’s name appear on the piece?

Please refer to the submission guidelines for each specific award. There are no requirements beyond the guidelines. 

Can a picture book be entered into the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature if the illustrator meets the Alberta residence requirements but the author does not?

The R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature is only for the author, so the author must meet the Alberta residence requirements and the illustrator’s residence does not affect eligibility. 

Are graphic novels, photography books, or any other books that combine text with images eligible for the awards?

Books combining text and images such as graphic novels are eligible for all the awards, provided the author of the text meets the residency requirements. The awards will only recognize authors and literary merit, so a book is not eligible if the artist meets the residency requirement while the author does not.

Are the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Nonfiction and the James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction intended for creative nonfiction?

Judging for all the awards is based on literary merit, but no nonfiction form is excluded from consideration.

Should a press release, author bio, or any other additional material be included with submissions?

Please do not send press releases, bios, bookmarks, or any other material that is not asked for in the submission guidelines. These materials are not used in the adjudication and end up thrown away.

Does a copy of the entry form or the payment confirmation need to be included with books or plays?

No. If you have received a confirmation email, we have the title and author of the entry in our database so there is no need to include any printed copy with mailed books or plays. Save the paper! If you did not receive a confirmation email and it’s not in your spam folder, let us know, because in that case we may not have the information.

The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize FAQ

Are self-published books eligible for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize?

Yes, self-published books are eligible for this award as long as they have an ISBN (i.e. the book is commercially available).

Is a book written by a former resident of The City of Calgary or resident of a Calgary region community eligible?

No, authors must be a Calgary resident for a minimum of two years, as of December 31, 2017. Former residents and residents of other communities that are in the Calgary region are not eligible.

Can a book written by more than one author be entered? What if one of the authors is not a Calgary resident?

Multi-authored anthologies, as in a collection of works from many different authors, are not eligible for any of the awards. A co-authored book, as in one in which two or more authors worked on the entirety of the text together, is eligible, but all authors must be current residents of The City of Calgary.

Why are residency requirements for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize different from the Alberta Literary Awards and The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize?

The guidelines for the Alberta Literary Awards are set by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. The guidelines for The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize are set by their respective cities, therefore each respective award may have different guidelines.

Is a new revised edition of a previously published book eligible?

The award is intended to recognize new work. A book that has been published in previous years and republished in the year of eligibility is not a new work and is not eligible for the awards, even if revisions have been made to the text. A book of an author’s collected works that contains stories, poems, or essays that have been previously published is eligible since the collection in book form is a new work.

Should a press release, author bio, or any other additional material be included with submissions?

Please do not send press releases, bios, bookmarks, or any other material that is not asked for in the submission guidelines. These materials are not used in the adjudication and end up thrown away.

Does a copy of the entry form or the payment confirmation need to be included with books or plays?

No. If you have received a confirmation email, we have the title and author of the entry in our database so there is no need to include any printed copy with mailed books or plays. Save the paper! If you did not receive a confirmation email and it’s not in your spam folder, let us know, because in that case we may not have the information.