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The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

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


The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize is awarded in honour of acclaimed Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell and recognizes literary achievement by Calgary authors. The prize was established in 1996 and is coordinated through a partnership between The City of Calgary and the Writers' Guild of Alberta. The $5000 prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, children's literature or drama published in the preceding year. Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the Writers' Guild of Alberta.


The 2016 recipient was Joan Crate for her book titled "Black Apple".


Eligibility Criteria

  • The book's publication date must be in 2017.
  • The author must have lived in Calgary for a minimum of two years, as of December 31, 2017.
  • The following types of writing are eligible: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children's literature, and drama.
  • Self published books are eligible for this award.
  • The following types or writing are not eligible: multi-author anthologies, cookbooks, guidebooks, textbooks, technical manuals, bibliographies or 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


Submissions will open October 16, 2017 and will close December 31, 2017.


For more information, please contact the Writers' Guild of Alberta at 1-800-665-5354.