The Whistler Independent Book Awards
Established in 2016 to recognize excellence in Canadian self-publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards offers prizes in three categories: fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. There are three finalists in each category, 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.
To support independent authors, this competition provides each and every book with a valuable, constructive critique of the 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 2023 Whistler Independent Book Awards are now closed. The shortlist will be announced June 1, 2023.
WIBA 2023 Shortlist Announced
The Whistler Independent Book Awards 2023 shortlist! The best Canadian self-published fiction, non-fiction and children's books.
The Canadian Authors Association 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. Members from across Canada participate as reviewers, while the Metro Vancouver chapter selects the finalists in each category.
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 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.