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.
The Whistler Independent Book Awards are sponsored by The Writers’ Union of Canada.
Jointly administered by the Whistler Writing Society, Canadian Authors and Vivalogue Publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBAs) provide independent authors with the 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.
The Whistler Independent Book awards are sponsored by the Writers’ Union of Canada, the national organization of professionally published 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.
Entries for the 2020 Whistler Independent Book Awards are now closed. Entries for the 2021 WIBAs will open March 1, 2021.