WIBA 2019 Winners Announced

The Whistler Independent Book Awards
Whistler Independent Book Awards 2019 Winners

WIBA 2019 fiction winner Ann Shortell with non-fiction winner Tina Martel and Whistler Writers Festival Director Stella Harvey

Whistler Writers Festival 2019

Margo Bates and Carol Tulpar of Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver announce the winners of the 2019 Whistler Independent Book Awards at the Whistler Writers Festival Literary Cabaret

Canadian Autors
The Writers' Union of Canada

WIBA 2019 Winners Announced

The winners of the 2019 Whistler Independent Book Awards were announced on Friday, October 18, at the Literary Cabaret, one of the highlights of the annual Whistler Writers Festival, now in its 18th year.

The winner in the fiction category was Ann Shortell for Celtic Knot, a mystery story based on a great Canadian murder mystery – the assassination of D’Arcy McGee. Finalist judge Evelyn Lau said: “In addition to its compelling heroine, I was engaged by the polished writing and the finely chosen details of the period… a skillfully constructed historical mystery.” The other two fiction finalists were Edythe Anstey Hanen for Nine Birds Singing and Diana Stevan for Sunflowers under Fire.

The winner for non-fiction was Tina Martel for Not in the Pink, an artist’s memoir in the form of a graphic novel.  JJ Lee, finalist judge said: “Tina Martel’s Not in the Pink is a breast cancer memoir that has the texture and feel of an underground comix book. It’s an honest, rough-around-the-edges graphic memoir of a creator and, more notably, a survivor.” The other two non-fiction finalists were Bill Arnott for Gone Viking: A Travel Saga and Manuel Matas for The Borders of Normal.

Judging the fiction prize were Evelyn Lau and Darcie Friesen Hossack. The non-fiction prize judges were J.J. Lee and Susan Oakey Baker.

Established in 2016, the Whistler Independent Book Awards provide independently published authors with a unique opportunity to have their work recognized through an independent juried process.

Administered by Vivalogue Publishing, Canadian Authors and the Whistler Writing Society, this year the awards were sponsored by The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Celtic Knot by Ann Shortell
Not in the Pink by Tina Martel
WIBA 2019 finalists' reading event

2019 Whistler Independent Book Awards Finalists: Edythe Anstey Hanen, Tina Martel, Manuel Matas, Diana Stevan, Bill Arnott and Ann Shortell at the Finalists’ Reading Event at the Whistler Writers Festival

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WIBA 2019 Finalists Announced

The Whistler Independent Book AwardsCanadian Autors

WIBA 2019 Finalists Announced

Canadian Authors and Vivalogue Publishing have reviewed the shortlisted titles for this year’s awards and are happy to announce the six finalists for the 2019 WIBAS.

The fiction finalists are:

Edythe Anstey Hanen for Nine Birds Singing
Ann Shortell for Celtic Knot: A Clara Swift Tale
Diana Stevan for Sunflowers under Fire

The non-fiction nominees are:

Bill Arnott for Gone Viking: A Travel Saga
Tina Martel for Not in the Pink
Manuel Matas for The Borders of Normal

The fiction finalists will be judged by Evelyn Lauand Darcie Friesen Hossack. The non-fiction finalists will be judged by J.J. Leeand Susan Oakey Baker.

The winners will be announced at the Whistler Writers Festival‘s Literary Cabaret on Friday, October 18, 2019.

The Whistler Independent Book Awards provide independently published authors with a unique opportunity to have their work recognized through a juried process.

Non-shortlisted titles were assessed and reviewed by Canadian Authors Associationreviewers, so that every participating author will receive valuable, professional feedback on their submission. These authors will receive their evaluations by July 16, 2019.

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WIBA 2019 Shortlist Announced

The Whistler Independent Book AwardsCanadian Autors

WIBA 2019 Shortlist Announced

There were a large number of entries from all across Canada for this year’s Whistler Independent Book Awards. The overall high standard of the titles submitted reflects the professionalism of Canadian self-published authors, and competition in both categories was strong.  The evaluating committee reviewed all the entries and is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2019 WIBAs.

The fiction nominees are:

Mark Cameron for 17 Weddings
Neil Chase for Iron Dogs
Maggie Dwyer for What the Living Do
Edythe Anstey Hanen for Nine Birds Singing
Bretton Loney for The Last Hockey Player
Ann Shortell for Celtic Knot: A Clara Swift Tale
Diana Stevan for Sunflowers under Fire

The non-fiction nominees are:

Bill Arnott for Gone Viking: A Travel Saga
Jacqueline Carmichael for Tweets from the Trenches
Anna Dopico for To Make Riders Faster
Tina Martel for Not in the Pink
Manuel Matas for The Borders of Normal
Jarem Sawatsky for Healing Justice: Stories of Wisdom and Love
David Wilding-Davies for My Cattle Look Thin

The shortlisted nominees will be judged by Canadian Authors members and the finalists will be announced July 16, 2019.

Every book submitted was professionally read and assessed. Authors not shortlisted will receive their evaluations by July 16, 2019.

The Whistler Independent Book Awards provide independently published authors with a unique opportunity to have their work recognized through a juried process.

Winners will be announced at the 18th Whistler Writers Festival, 17–20 October, 2019.

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Success Through Self-Publishing

Author Patricia Sandberg
Sun Dogs and Yellow Cake by Patricia Sandberg

2017 WIBA Finalist Patricia Sandberg shares her story

I always thought it cool to say I grew up at a uranium mine. In July 2014, I decided to preserve family memories of the town that came to life during the Cold War to supply uranium for the American arms race. I began by mining my mother’s memory bank then, urged on by a former Gunnar resident, decided to write a book. I eventually found and interviewed over one hundred former residents who reached back into their lives to share their personal triumphs and tragedies.

Deciding to self-publish was easy. I felt tremendous urgency to gather surviving residents’ memories and publish the book in time for them to read it. Traditional publishing was therefore not an option, and I self-published in September 2016.

Sun Dogs and Yellowcake won two U.S. awards. It was a finalist for the Whistler Independent Writers Award for Non-fiction and the Canadian Authors – Fred Kerner Award. Sun Dogs and Yellowcake: Gunnar Mines – A Canadian Story is available through Amazon and patriciasandberg.com.

Writing is  a lonely world, so two organizations proved exceptionally valuable to me. I  joined the Canadian Authors Association (CAA), now in its ninety-eighth year of helping Canadian writers, to network and learn with other writers in my community.

I also belong to The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC) because it fights to protect copyright and is helping modernize Canada’s copyright legislation. Among other benefits, TWUC is committed to diversity and offers programs and resources to help writers in all aspects of their careers. As a self-published author, I appreciate the backing of an organization that protects my rights and treats me as a professional. I am grateful to both TWUC and CAA for championing self-published authors.

The Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBAs) are sponsored by The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Canadian Authors Associationis proud to partner with Vivalogue to produce the WIBAs. It is also hosting CanWrite 2019  in Vancouver, May 16-19.

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Writers’ Union of Canada Sponsor the Whistler Independent Book Awards

The Writers' Union of CanadaWhistler Independent Book Awards

The Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBAs), now in their fourth year, are being sponsored by The Writers’ Union of Canada, confirming the status of this prestigious national competition for Canadian self-published authors.

John Degen, executive director of The Writers’ Union of Canada, is pleased to support the contest. “The Writers’ Union recognizes that the WIBAs serve our self-published members in a unique and valuable way by encouraging professionalism and increasing sales opportunities. Several of our members have been past winners who have benefited from their participation.”

The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) has also substantially increased its commitment to the awards this year. CAA members will provide a detailed book review for each title submitted while the national organization will also offer complimentary membership and significant promotional opportunities to both winners. “We are excited about this opportunity to continue the tradition of ‘writers helping writers’ that has characterized CAA for almost 100 years,” said executive director Anita Purcell.

Jointly produced by Canadian Authors, the Whistler Writing Society and Vivalogue Publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards are the only juried Canadian awards for self-published authors. This year, the fiction category will be judged by Evelyn Lauand Darcie Friesen Hossack, with JJ Lee and Susan Oakey-Baker selecting the winner in the non-fiction category.

The awards are open to Canadian authors or permanent residents who have self-published a book or books in the last six years.Eligible authors can submit their entries via https://independentbookawards.ca/until April 30, 2019. Shortlisted titles will be announced on May 31; finalists will be named on July 19. Finalists and winners will receive a significant prize package and will be invited to participate in several events during the Whistler Writers Festival, October 17-20.

For more information:contact Lynn Duncan, Vivalogue Publishing, 604-512-9997 or lynn@vivalogue.com.

About The Writers Union of Canada:Founded in 1973, The Writers’ Union of Canada advocates for improvements on behalf of professionally-published book authors.

About Canadian Authors:Founded in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association is dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers and to encouraging works of literary and artistic merit.

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