The Whistler Independent Book Awards

Established in 2016 to recognize excellence in Canadian independent publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards  offers prizes in two categories: fiction and non-fiction. There are three finalists in each category (fiction and non-fiction), with the winners being announced at the annual Whistler Writers Festival.

Jointly administered by the Whistler Writing Society, Canadian Authors and Vivalogue Publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBAs) provide independent authors with a unique opportunity to have their work recognized through a juried process typically reserved for trade-published titles.

In supporting independent authors, this competition is unique in that each and every entry receives a valuable, constructive critique of their submission, which can be quoted for publicity and promotional purposes.

Entries for the 2020 Whistler Independent Book Awards will open March 1, 2020.

  • Authors must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • The author must have paid costs associated with the production of the book
  • All entries must be available for purchase in physical form (ebook-only publications not eligible)
  • The book must be copyrighted within the last six years


  • Books must be submitted in physical form from March 1 to April 30, 2019
  • All submissions will be evaluated by a member of the shortlisting committee
  • Entries deemed to have exceptional merit in each category will be shortlisted
  • The shortlist will be announced May 31, 2019

Finalist selection

  • All shortlisted titles will be submitted to Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver
  • Appointees of Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver will provide a written review of each title and will select three finalists in each category
  • Finalists will be announced July 16, 2019

Winner’s Selection

  • Finalist entries will be submitted to a two-person judging panel
  • Each judge will provide a written review of each title
  • Winning entries will be announced at the Literary Cabaret event held as part of the Whistler Writers Festival

All entries will receive:

  • A review from a member of the Selection Committee

Nominees (shortlisted titles) will receive:

  • A certificate confirming their right to brand their title as “Nominated for the Whistler Independent Book Award 2018”
  • 100 award stickers suitable for use on the book’s cover
  • Inclusion on the Vivalogue website with a link to the author’s website
  • One review provided by an appointee of Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver

Finalists will receive:

  • A certificate confirming their right to brand their title as “Finalist for the Whistler Independent Book Award 2018”
  • 100 award stickers suitable for use on the book’s cover
  • Inclusion in the Whistler Writers Festival official program guide
  • An invitation to participate in a reading event during the Whistler Writers Festival
  • An invitation to attend the Finalists’ Reception at the Whistler Writers Festival
  • One complimentary ticket to the Literary Cabaret event (additional tickets will be available for purchase)
  • An opportunity to sell their books throughout the Festival (Note: Vivalogue Publishing will process all sales and will retain 25% of the purchase price)
  • One review from each of the two final judges

Winners will receive:

  • The prizes listed above
  • 100 Winners Stickers suitable for use on the book’s cover
  • An award presented at the Literary Cabaret by the event sponsor
  • An invitation to participate as a panellist during the Whistler Writers Festival
  • Inclusion in a full-page advertisement in Write magazine, highlighting the winning authors
  • One-year free subscription to Write magazine
  • One-year membership in Canadian Authors
  • Reading event hosted by a branch of Canadian Authors
  • Package of printed book promotional materials
  • $100 plus GST per fiction and non-fiction entry (Paypal or cheque made payable to Vivalogue Publishing)
  • All entries will receive an evaluation from a member of the selection committee
Entries now closed for the 2019 Whistler Independent Book Awards
WIBA Terms & FAQs

Presented by
The Writers’ Union of Canada

Writers' Union of Canada
The Writers’ Union of Canada is the national organization of professionally published book authors. Now over 2,100 members strong, the Union was founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers.


Canadian Authors Association
Canadian Authors offer aspiring, emerging, and professional writers opportunities and resources to hone their writing and business skills, network with others, and thrive in a community of like-minded professionals. The Metro Vancouver chapter select the finalists in each category.

Whistler Writing Society
The Whistler Writing Society was founded in 2001 and became a non-profit organization in 2005. Our group includes over 150 members living in the Sea to Sky corridor. From its inception, the group has promoted the literary arts, provided a forum for local writers to develop their craft within the community, and sponsored events such as the Whistler Writers Festival, the Whistler Writer in Residence Program and the Author in Schools Program.

Vivalogue Publishing
Vivalogue Publishing was established in 2010 with branches in Canada and the United Kingdom. They have provided author services, including editing, design and production, to self-publishing authors. Vivalogue also provides publishing services for non-profits and groups to create fund- and awareness-raising books.