The 2012 Toronto Book Awards’ dual purpose is:

  • To honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that evoke the city of Toronto in Ontario, Canada
  • And “Get a new read on Toronto” – gives the community an opportunity to discover Toronto’s diversity through the eyes of authors

Here are the eligibility requirements to submit your books for the 2012 Toronto Book Awards before the deadline of March 30, 2012

  • Books must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2011
  • Fiction and non-fiction books are evocative of Toronto, published in English for adults and/or children
  • There are no separate categories
  • Novels, short story collections, books of poetry, biographies and histories, social studies, books about sports, children’s books, and photographic collections are all judged together
  • Please note that reprints, textbooks and manuscripts are not eligible
  • Publishers must submit six copies of the book they consider eligible, along with their name, address, phone number, fax number and email address to the Toronto Book Awards Committee at the address below no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012
    • There are no entry forms to complete
    • Address: Toronto Book Awards Committee, c/o Toronto Protocol, City Clerk’s Office, 2nd floor, West Tower, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

The Toronto Book Awards offer $15,000 in prize money in the following manner:

  • each finalist will receive $1,000
  • and the winning author will receive the remaining prize money

A five-member volunteer jury committee will select the finalists and the winner, announcing the selections in the fall.

Finalists are expected to attend scheduled readings hosted by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library at the Word On The Street festival to be held the last weekend in September.

This video shows people enjoying the 2011 Word On The Street festival in Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

National Book & Magazine Festival

FREE Admission

Sunday September 23, 2012 at Queen’s Park, Toronto

11am – 6pm

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word.

On one extraordinary Sunday each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere.

There is always plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, and best of all, The Word On The Street and all of its events are FREE!

In July 2012, make sure to check out this website http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/toronto  to see plans for 2012 National Book & Magazine festival in the following six cities across Canada:

  • Vancouver, British Columbia: Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23, 2012;
  • Lethbridge, Alberta: Sunday September 23, 2012 at Main Library: 5th Ave. S. and 8th St. S., 11am – 5pm
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Sunday September 23, 2012, 23rd Street East between 3rd and 4th Avenues, 11am – 5pm
  • Kitchener, Ontario: Sunday, September 23, 2012; Victoria Park
  • Toronto, Ontario: Sunday September 23, 2012 at Queen’s Park, 11am – 6pm
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia: Sunday September 23, 2012 11am – 5pm.

Please click here for more information about the Toronto Book Awards.

Good Luck!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

March 5, 2012

Submissions for 2012 Toronto Book Awards accepted until March 30

The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, is accepting submissions for the 2012 Toronto Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is March 30. The Toronto Book Awards theme – “Get a new read on Toronto” – gives the community an opportunity to discover Toronto’s diversity through the eyes of authors.

The Toronto Book Awards were established by Toronto City Council in 1974 to honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that evoke the city. To be eligible this year, books must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2011.

Fiction and non-fiction books that are evocative of Toronto, published in English for adults and/or children, are eligible. There are no separate categories. Novels, short story collections, books of poetry, biographies and histories, social studies, books about sports, children’s books, and photographic collections are all judged together. Reprints, textbooks and manuscripts are not eligible.

Publishers must submit six copies of the book they consider eligible, along with their name, address, phone number, fax number and email address to the Toronto Book Awards Committee at the address below no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012. There are no entry forms to complete. Address: Toronto Book Awards Committee, c/o Toronto Protocol, City Clerk’s Office, 2nd floor, West Tower, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

A five-member volunteer jury committee will select the finalists and the winner, announcing the selections in the fall. The Toronto Book Awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and the winning author will receive the remaining prize money. More information about the Toronto Book Awards is available at http://www.toronto.ca/book_awards.

Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow over 33 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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