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The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

What is The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize?

The City of Calgary established this prize in honour of renowned Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell to recognize literary achievement by Calgary authors. The $5,000 prize is awarded each year for an outstanding book published in the preceding year.  If the winning book has more than one author, the prize money is divided equally among them.

The prize is co-ordinated through a partnership between The City of Calgary and the Writers' Guild of Alberta. A three-person jury from the Canadian literary community judges all entries and selects the winner. The jury is made up of a Calgarian, an Albertan from outside Calgary, and a Canadian from outside Alberta.

For additional information about The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, contact the Writers' Guild of Alberta at 1-800-665-5354.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The book's publication date must be in 2015.
  • The author must have lived in Calgary for a minimum of two years, as of December 31, 2015.
  • The following types of writing are eligible: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children's literature, and drama.
  • The following types or writing are not eligible: self-published works, anthologies, cookbooks, guidebooks, textbooks, technical manuals, bibliographies, works of a purely academic or scholarly nature.  Books of less than 48 pages (except children's literature), books that are not written in English or French, multi-authored books (if any one of the authors is not a Calgarian), and reprints or new editions of previously published books are also not eligible.

Submissions for The W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

  1. Submissions open on February 1, 2016.
  2. Refer to the Writers' Guild of Alberta web site to fill out an online entry form or call the WGA Office at 1-800-665-5354.
  3. Mark the submission package "The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize" and submit by April 15, 2016 to:

    Writers' Guild of Alberta
    Percy Page Centre
    11759 Groat Rd.
    Edmonton, Alberta T5M 3K6