All independent publishers are eligible, ranging from self-published authors to major university presses. About 2,400 publishers participate in the Awards each year, from every Canadian provence. The 2020 CIBA attracted 7,500 total entries.
Entering your titles in awards programs does take time, money, and effort, but the payoffs include increased visibility, credibility, P.R. value, personal satisfaction, and prestige. Awards are a great morale boost for all those involved, and they influence reviewers and buyers. An award seal on a book's cover increases retail sales.
Once you have entered online, please send a copy of your book to the address provided. We suggest (but don't require) you send a trackable package. Please include the online entry receipt with the book, or a note listing contact and category information. We do send confirmation by email when your entry is received and processed.
Every book entered is thoroughly evaluated and scored, typically by 3 to 5 judges, in various criteria such as 'design' and 'originality.' Our book awards judges are seasoned experts, with many years of experience at assessing a book's quality. Each entry has an equal chance to impress the judges, and the further a book makes it into the judging process, especially in fiction categories, the more likely it will be read completely.
All winners will be notified by email. The actual date varies year to year, but it is generally 6 weeks after the final entry deadline, and typically early to mid-August.
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