Authors are invited to submit their unpublished manuscript for the new Whistler Independent Book Prize. Launched to complement the Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBA) for self-published Canadian authors, the new manuscript competition is open to fiction and non-fiction original works. “Building on the success of the inaugural Awards, we want to encourage and support writers at an earlier stage of the independent publishing process,” explained WIBA director Lynn Duncan. “Last year we received many entries with significant potential that were published too early, lacking both professional editing and design.” The winner of this manuscript competition will publish their prize-winning book with full expert support including professional editing, design and publishing services, 100 printed copies and a full book launch at the 2017 Whistler Writers Festival (October 11-15).
Submissions are being accepted until February 28, 2017 and should include an extract of the manuscript (up to 5,000 words) and a full synopsis (maximum 500 words). The shortlist will be jointly selected by appointees of Vivalogue Publishing and Behind the Book and will be announced March 15. Shortlisted authors must submit their complete manuscript by March 22 for evaluation by the finalist judges. All entries will receive a written assessment from the selection panel, providing valuable feedback and constructive suggestions for developing their manuscript.
Making the final selection will be last year’s WIBA recipients, Byrna Barclay and Miji Campbell. Byrna Barclay is an award-winning author and former vice-chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. The House of the White Elephant, winner of the 2016 WIBA for fiction, is her tenth publication and the first that she published independently. Miji Campbell is a writer and teacher whose work has appeared in numerous print publications and on CBC radio. Her first book, Separation Anxiety: A Coming of Middle Age Story, was the Non-fiction Winner of the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards. “Having Byrna and Miji act as judges for this valuable new competition is an affirmation of the inclusivity that is at the heart of the Whistler Writers Festival,” says Festival Director Stella Harvey. “We’re very pleased that they’ve agreed to support their fellow authors by judging the shortlisted manuscripts.”
Submissions can be made through the Tidewater Festivals for Independent Authors website, www.tidewaterfestival.com, where full details of the entry criteria and submission format can be found. Entries for the 2017 Whistler Independent Book Awards will open on March 1, 2017.
Media inquiries about the Whistler Independent Book Prize and WIBA:
Contact Lynn Duncan, [email protected] or 604-522-6222
Media inquiries about the Whistler Writers Festival:
Contact Stella Harvey [email protected]
About the Whistler Writers Festival: Now in its 16th year, the Whistler Writers Festival has hosted more than 100 leading Canadian authors. This year, the event runs from October 11 – 15. The Festival is organized by the Whistler Writing Society, which also sponsors a Writer in Residence and Authors in the Schools program.
About Vivalogue Publishing: Vivalogue offers comprehensive print and online publishing and editorial services for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition to its work with independent authors, Vivalogue has partnered with publishing houses to publish both fiction and non-fiction works under a variety of imprints.
About Behind the Book: Behind the Book offers author-focused self-publishing services across a wide variety of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, lifestyle books and more. Using a first-rate editorial, design and production team, they provide one-to-one publishing guidance and direction.